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Critical Analytical Skills (MULT20003)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMULT20003
Semester 1
FeesSubject 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



Non-allowed subjects


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 coordinatorLuke Heemsbergen
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 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 commitment170 hours
    Teaching period27 February 2017 to 28 May 2017
    Last self-enrol date10 March 2017
    Census date31 March 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail 5 May 2017
    Assessment period ends23 June 2017

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Total of 170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 3 April 2019