Qualitative Research Methods

Subject CRIM40002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Criminology or Sociology at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Bianca Fileborn



Subject Overview:

This subject forms an advanced overview of theories, methods and ethical issues in qualitative research. The subject will focus on the techniques of field studies, intensive interviewing, and case studies. Students will carry out small scale qualitative research exercises and will present them orally and in writing.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • understand the place of qualitative methods within general research strategies of the social sciences;
  • have knowledge of specific qualitative techniques such as case study methods,in depth interviewing and participant observation/field research;
  • be able to carry out small scale qualitative research projects;
  • be able to present their findings orally and in writing.
  • A 2000 word essay (35%) due mid-semester.
  • A 3000 word essay (65%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in class is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Required readings will be made available electronically via the subject LMS site prior to the commencement of semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;
  • have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;
  • have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.

CRIM40002 is a core methods option in the Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies Honours programs and Postgraduate Diplomas. It is a compulsory subject in the Sociology Honours program and the Sociology Postgraduate Diploma.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Criminology
100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
100 Point Master of Social Policy
150 Point Master of Criminology
150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
150 Point Master of Social Policy
200 Point Master of Criminology
200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
200 Point Master of Social Policy
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Sociology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Anthropology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Criminology
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Advanced) - Sociology
PC-ARTS Sociology
PD-ARTS Anthropology
PD-ARTS Criminology
PD-ARTS Sociology

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