Graduate Certificate in Social Research Methods

Social research methods skills are vital across a range of disciplines. This course introduces students to key concepts in social research methods and offers them the opportunity to develop their skills through application. It provides students with an understanding of the types of research techniques used in the social sciences. It also covers the range of methodological approaches and ethical considerations. Students learn to understand and critique social research. They also learn how to craft a research project, and how to identify sources of funding and write and submit funding proposals. Examples of research from a range of disciplines are used to illustrate research strategies.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Social Research Methods
Award abbreviation
GradCertSocResMeths
Course code
12260
Course type
postgraduate certificate
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
084022K

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Farida Fozdar and Associate Professor Loretta Baldassar
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSSOCS5003Research Design
Prerequisites:
for Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
NSSOCS5005Social Research Ethics

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANTH4101Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
Incompatibility:
ANTH7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Anthropology)
S1ANTH4103Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
Incompatibility:
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
S2SOCS5001Engaging Cultural Difference
S2SOCS5002Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnography
Incompatibility:
ANTH3001
N/ASOCS5004Engaging Gender
S2SOCS5009Innovative Social Research Methods
NSSOCS5501Evaluation

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a major;

or

(b) a level and duration of education, professional experience, and/or demonstrable life skills considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 12260 Graduate Certificate in Social Research Methods (24 points)
  • 12360 Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods (48 points)
  • 12560 Master of Social Research Methods (96 points)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.