Social Research Methods H (8901.4)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Arts And Design|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|School Of Arts And Communications||Undergraduate Honours Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Learning outcomesOn 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
This unit provides an orientation to the act of conducting academic research in design and the creative arts, and is co-taught with honours and postgraduate methods units in Humanities and in Creative Arts and Design. It is in two parts. The first involves the whole cohort across these various methods units in collective activity, and extends over weeks 1-7. We start by investigating the ways made objects—whether physical, virtual or abstract—serve to facilitate or impede certain behaviours, for certain subjects. Doing so will provide us with a cogent, cross-disciplinary language for social and individual action, one that is now widely shared among the humanities, the social sciences and the various fields of design. That is to say, we will analyse objects in terms of their "affordances." For some students, this terminology will do service in the dissertations they submit at the end of the honours year. For others, it will offer something of an intellectual warm-up, by way of an introduction to social analysis. A second, collective investigation will focus on the concept of "interestingness." We will look at the types of phenomena that tend to elicit a sense of interest in their readers and audiences, and we will explore strategies for generating interest in your own research projects and artefacts. One of the things we will discover is that "interestingness" is invariably accompanied by a desire to know. As such, this component of the unit is geared to help you hone your research question.
The second part of the unit extends over weeks 9-12. We will break into discipline-based cohorts (most likely: Creative Arts/Practice-Led; WIL/Compton School; Humanities; Social Research). In small groups and/or one-to-one sessions, we will focus on issues specific to each discipline and/or project. For students producing Creative Arts theses on the exegesis + artefact model, this will involve dispensing with a pre-established model of what your exegesis might look like, in favour of discovering the right fit in each individual case. For students in the Work-Integrated-Learning (WIL) stream, it will involve guided readings on and extensive discussion of creative collaboration.
CorequisitesStudents must be enrolled in 298JA Bachelor of Arts and Design (Honours) OR 922AA Bachelor of Arts (Honours).
Equivalent units7640 Advanced Communication Theory and Research
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||07 February 2022||Flexible||Dr Hitomi Nakanishi|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||06 February 2023||Flexible||Dr Hitomi Nakanishi|
Required tutorial readings – you must read these
1) Weekly readings accessible via the unit's Reading List
Please see the list of weekly readings in the timetable of activities below, and in our reading list, to the left.
2) Jenny L. Davis, How Artifacts Afford: The Power and Politics of Everyday Things (MIT Press, 2020).
We wil read roughly half of Davis's book in class and you are recommended to read the whole. It will be available as an e-book for loan via the UC library:
Use the "E-book Central" link, which allows us unlimited access, in preference to the "Ebsco Host" one, which requires an additional password and is limited to one copy. You can also obtain the text in hard-back or e-book via various online sources listed at: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/how-artifacts-afford-9780262044110 (Links to an external site.)
More readings are avaialable on Canvas site
Class activities of Week 1-7
Required IT skills
Academic database search and use of reference software, basic Word, Excel and Canvas
There are no additional costs for this unit other than the textbook. Access to the Oxford University Press website is free and you do not have to purchase the textbook to use this service.
Work placement, internships or practicums