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Social Research Design and Evaluation (SOCI90005)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSOCI90005
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines various social research design and evaluation approaches to the study of social interaction. Students will critically examine the utility of, and theoretical underpinnings behind advanced methods of collecting, analysing and writing up social research. The subject will also analyse the relationship between policy evaluation and social research, notably in the context of debates around evidence based policy.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to examine the processes of social research, including designing a research proposal, conducting fieldwork, and writing up a final research piece;
  • be familiar with research strategies, methods and ethics in social research design and evaluation;
  • be able to understand the relationship between policy evaluation and social research design.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Sociology at Undergraduate level

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


Additional details

  • 1. A research paper of 1500 words (25%) due in the first half of the semester.
  • 2. A take home test 1500 words (25%) due towards the end of semester.
  • 3. A research proposal of 2000 words (50%) due during the examination period.
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorLeah Ruppanner
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 contact hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Social Policy.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of semester.

  • Subject notes

    This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Social Policy.

  • 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.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 9 August 2019