SSRES200-20A (NET)

Social Science Research Methods

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Sociology

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces the core research methods used in the social sciences Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are
introduced, along with consideration of aspects such as ethics and the Treaty of Waitangi.
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Paper Structure

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This is a fully online Paper. There are no lectures or tutorials. These are replaced by reading and online tests. It is up to students to manage their own time and workload in relation to this Paper. Students should contact the Paper Convener by email
(billc@waikato.ac.nz) should they encounter any difficulties in the course.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical considerations to be taken into account when conducting social research.
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  • Articulate the ways in which social research have responsibilities in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi.
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  • Demonstrate awareness of the main differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods, knowledge of which is the most appropriate for specific research goals, and an understanding of the steps involved in collecting and recording data.
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  • Be able to evaluate the appropriateness and rigor of methodological approaches used in social research.
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  • Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of qualitative data analysis and the primary means of analyzing textual data.
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Assessment

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Topics for the first essay will be provided on Moodle in the second week of the semester
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. On-line Quiz 1
23 Mar 2020
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. On-line Quiz 2
13 Apr 2020
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. On-line Quiz 3
11 May 2020
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. On-line Quiz 4
8 Jun 2020
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Essay 1
6 Apr 2020
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Take Home Test
25 May 2020
5:00 PM
30
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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The course will closely follow Bryman, A. (2016). Social Research Methods (5th ed). Oxford University Press.
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Online Support

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Lecture notes for each topic and all other relevant material will be made available on Moodle
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Workload

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The readings and assessment should require the time normally associated with a 15 point second year course, that is, an average
overall of about 11 hours per week. In general, one point of a Paper's size equates to approximately 10 hours’ total work; so a student
might expect to spend about 150 hours in total during a semester on a 15 point Paper.
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Restricted papers: SSRP202

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