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SOCI301 Telling Sociological Stories

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Critical appraisal of how we tell stories about the social world through research. Develop and apply skills in reading, interpreting and understanding different kinds of sociological data.

Paper title Telling Sociological Stories
Paper code SOCI301
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022, expected to be offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
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18 200-level ANTH, CRIM, GEND or SOCI points or 54 200-level Arts points
EDUC 351
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with SOCI304 passed in 2010.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinators and Lecturers: Associate Professor Melanie Beres and Dr Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott

Paper Structure

This paper is designed around two course projects: one focused on the analysis of qualitative data and the other on quantitative data. Over the course of the semester students will develop their own research projects based on datasets provided by the instructors. Upon completion of the final projects students will have gained experience in analysing both types of data.

Small additional assignments at the beginning and end of the paper are designed to sensitise students to possibilities of mixing qualitative and quantitative methods within a single project.

The paper is fully internally assessed.

Teaching Arrangements
Lectures: Two hours per week
Tutorials: Two hours per week, starting from the second week
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Readings will be available through Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
  • This paper will explore theory and philosophy that frames research methods
  • We will focus on the analysis phase of the research process and working with qualitative and quantitative data
  • Strategies for using qualitative and quantitative data together to answer important social questions will be explored

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Not offered in 2022, expected to be offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system