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Social Research Methods H (8901.4)

Level: Undergraduate Honours Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit is intended to complement students' Honours dissertation research. It is intended for students who are undertaking a research project in a social research discipline. Students will critically examine key social research methodologies. They will also reflect on the ontological and epistemological assumptions of different approaches to social research, and the main ethical issues they raise. The overall purpose of the unit is to assist and provoke students to become more informed and reflective researchers and practitioners.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main approaches to social research;

2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the fundamental epistemological, methodological, and ethical issues involved in undertaking social research at the Honours level;

3. Reflect critically upon their own research practice, and place it within its broader theoretical context; and

4. Demonstrate skills in, and understanding of, the process of undertaking social research.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours/week.




Students must be enrolled in 298JA Bachelor of Arts and Design (Honours) OR 922AA Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Assumed Knowledge


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Equivalent Units

7640 Advanced Communication Theory and Research

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