SOCS5009 Innovative Social Research Methods

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
In this unit, students are introduced to a range of new social research methods including PhotoVoice, participatory action research, crowd research/crowd science, 'big data', social media analysis and other approaches using technological innovations. Guest speakers share their experiences with students. The ways in which these methods enhance more traditional approaches, as well as their limitations, are critically analysed. Students gain practical experience in a number of new methods.
Students are able to (1) identify the pros and cons of a range of new methods; (2) creatively engage with a selection of new methods; and (3) demonstrate competence in the use of a selection of new methods.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an essay; (2) exercises; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Loretta Baldassar
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
for Social Research Methods students: ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations, SOCS5003 Research Design, SOCS5005 Social Research Ethics
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
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