Research Design


This unit will provide students with the fundamentals for constructing and conducting effective research projects in the social sciences. An overview of social science inquiry will be presented through an examination of the diversity in theoretical and methodological approaches used in research. This will include a focus on both primary research, using interviews and questionnaires, and secondary research, using statistical databases, content analysis and textual analysis. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be covered in the unit, as will an overview of ethical practices associated with research design. The assessment will be based around constructing practical research projects that can be utilised in both university and workplace-based research.


Taught in Semester 1, 2019
1 x 2 hour class per week
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30% essay (2000 words)
50% proposal (4000 words)
20% seminar participation

Courses that offer this unit of study

  • Graduate Certificate in Development Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Rights
  • Graduate Certificate in International Relations
  • Graduate Certificate in International Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Political Economy
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Administration
  • Graduate Diploma in Development Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Human Rights
  • Graduate Diploma in International Relations
  • Graduare Diploma in International Security
  • Graduate Diploma in International Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Political Economy
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Administration
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
  • Master of Development Studies
  • Master of Human Rights
  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of International Security
  • Master of International Studies
  • Master of Political Economy
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Policy

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