The teaching program consists of the following:
- The main way in which the course will be delivered is via a weekly lecture and an applied activity relating to the topic for that week. Each week a lecture will be pre-recorded and uploaded onto the iLearn page for the unit. The lectures provide students with the knowledge base essential for undertaking qualitative research for policy. Students are required to listen to the lecture to successfully complete the applied exercises.
- From Week 1-12, the applied exercises will be set-up as guided activities organized through the weekly Discussion Forums. These assist students to develop their qualitative research skills and include exercises relating to research design, ethics, the practice of various qualitative methods, data analysis and interpretation and writing for policy. As this is a skills-based unit, attendance and active participation in the discussion forums is a minimum expectation.
- Students will be required to read a series of set texts on a weekly basis that relate to the topic for that week. Weekly readings are available via the Leganto link on the SOCX8035/SOCI8035 iLearn site.
- The course is structured around several modules. The first examines qualitative research design for policy-making. The second introduces students to qualitative strategies of inquiry, research methods and qualitative analysis strategies including analysing policy documents using qualitative analysis techniques. The third applies these foundations of qualitative research to policy processes, including finding and using existing qualitative data sets; qualitative research as consultation; and the uses and misuses of citizen perspectives in policy processes.
- The final weeks of the course will be devoted to student presentations. The major assignment for the unit involves a research report based on analysis of transcripts and/or submissions to an existing policy inquiry. As the presentation of research is a key policy skill, students will also be required to present some of their analysis and recommendation. For students undertaking the course online, this will be submitted electronically.
- To successfully complete the assessment tasks, additional reading and research will be required to be undertaken by students.