|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject introduces students to the fundamental analytic skills that are used in social science research. It provides an introduction to the theoretical and epistemological foundations of social science research, familiarises students with the different methods of inquiry in the social sciences and provides an overview of key historical and contemporary debates and trends. Different theoretical approaches and their associated methods of inquiry will be introduced through practical examples in order to show their strengths and limitations.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- List, describe and compare the theoretical and epistemological foundations of social science research and understand ethical issues associated with research;
- Critically understand, appreciate and recognize different theoretical perspectives in the social sciences, and different methods of research (both qualitative and quantitative);
- Learn to critique their own and others’ work while identifying theoretical approaches and methods of inquiry that are used;
- Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of research and learn writing effectively to an academic audience;
- Work effectively in groups and negotiate any problems that may arise in doing so;
- Develop practical and analytical skills that will be useful upon entering the workforce.
Eligibility and requirements
Completion of either:
- 25 points of first year Criminology, Sociology or Politics and International Studies; or
- 25 points of approved Arts Foundation/Interdisciplinary Foundation (IDF) subjects; or
- 25 points comprising of 12.5 points first year Criminology, Sociology or Politics and International Studies and 12.5 points comprising Arts Foundation/Interdisciplinary Foundation subjects.
OR admission to GD-ARTS or GC-ARTS
Recommended background knowledge
Politics & International Studies or Criminology or Sociology at Level 1
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- In class practical tests equivalent to 1000 words (30%) held during the semester.
- Group work with peer assessment, equivalent to 1000 words (20%) due mid-semester.
- A 2000 word research essay (50%) due during the examination period.
- Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.
- Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Luke Heemsbergen Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 30 contact hours. 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggerred and cover the 12 weeks of semester. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 27 February 2017 to 28 May 2017 Last self-enrol date 10 March 2017 Census date 31 March 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 5 May 2017 Assessment period ends 23 June 2017
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
Total of 170 hours
Required readings will be available electronically via the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of semester.
- Subject notes
MULT20003 Critical Analytical Skills is a compulsory subject for students majoring in Politics and International Studies, or Criminology, or Sociology.
This subject is also compulsory in the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Politics and International Studies), (Criminology), (Sociology).
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Informal specialisation Graduate Diploma in Arts - Anthropology Major Criminology Informal specialisation Graduate Diploma in Arts - Politics and International Studies Informal specialisation Graduate Certificate in Arts - Politics and International Studies Informal specialisation Graduate Certificate in Arts - Sociology Specialisation (formal) Graduate Diploma in Arts - Anthropology Informal specialisation Graduate Diploma in Arts - Criminology Informal specialisation Graduate Diploma in Arts - Sociology Major Politics and International Studies Major Anthropology Informal specialisation Graduate Certificate in Arts - Criminology Major Sociology
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.