Course level

Undergraduate

Faculty

Humanities and Social Sciences

School

Politic Sc & Internat Studies

Units

2

Duration

One Semester

Class contact

2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

Incompatible

GT271, POLS3703

Recommended prerequisite

Assessment methods

Tutorial work, short-answer test, essay, examination.

Course coordinator

Prof Gillian Whitehouse

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2018 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable
Semester 2, 2018 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

This course addresses controversies over the principles and practice of social science research. It provides an overview of contrasting approaches to research in the social sciences, the foundations that underpin them and contestations over their claims to knowledge and truth. Trends in social research are reviewed with particular focus on debates over the design and value of cross-national and cross-cultural research and the potential to inform evidence-based policy. The overall aims are to sensitise students to the contested nature of social research and to produce critical consumers with the skills necessary for interpreting claims from social science.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2014 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2013 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2012 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2011 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2010 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2009 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2008 St Lucia Internal Course Profile