Units of Study

SCLG2602 - Social Inquiry: Qualitative Methods

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Fiona Jane Gill


This unit of study introduces students to a range of qualitative research methods in common usage throughout the social sciences. The course has both analytical and practical components. With regard to the former, students are introduced to the methodological issues in contemporary sociology and their impact on the research process. An emphasis will be placed on developing a critical ability to read sociological research, with an eye to understanding its methodological adequacy, the political and ethical issues that arise whilst conducting research, and debates over interpretation and the production of knowledge. With regard to the latter component, students will undertake practical exercises in order to learn to appreciate and use a selection of research approaches, methods and techniques.


tutorial participation (20%), 2x1500wd research papers (60%) and one exam (20%)


unit reader will be available through the Copy Centre


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2


either SCLG1001 and SCLG1002 or SCWK2003 or SSCI1003


SCLG2002, SCLG2521

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