Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods
Social research methods skills are vital across a range of disciplines. This course forms part of the Master of Social Research Methods, which introduces students to key concepts in social science research methods and offers them the opportunity to develop their skills through application.
The course provides students with an advanced understanding of a range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques used in the social sciences, from action research to surveys, to more innovative methods such as photovoice. It also covers the range of methodological approaches and ethical considerations. Students obtain first-hand experience with some of the methods, and learn to understand and critique social research. They also learn how to craft a research project, and how to identify sources of funding and develop funding proposals. Examples of research from sociology, anthropology, political science, archaeology, linguistics, communications, geography, psychology, education, community development, tourism and other social sciences are used to illustrate research strategies.
- Course title
- Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- postgraduate diploma
- current / 2018
- Administered by
- Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
- CRICOS code
- 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
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Standard course duration
- 1 year
- Time limit
- 4 years
- Delivery 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
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; 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 (24 points):
|S1||ANTH4103||Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations|
|NS||SOCS5005||Social Research Ethics|
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
|S1, S2||AHEA5801||Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics|
|S2||ANTH4101||Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups|
|S2||ANTH4104||Knowing Social Realities: Empirical Explorations|
|NS||COMM5701||Strategic Communications in a Digital Era|
|NS, S2||ENVT4411||Geographic Information Systems Applications|
|N/A||HUMA5801||Analysis and Interpretation in the Humanities|
|S1, S2||PUBH4401||Biostatistics I|
|S2||SOCS5001||Engaging Cultural Difference|
|S2||SOCS5002||Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnography|
|S2||SOCS5009||Innovative Social Research Methods|
|S1||SOCS5301||Researching the Past|
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).
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 ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
- 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)
(2) A student who withdraws from the Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
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.
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.