The teaching program consists of the following:
- Each week a lecture will be pre-recorded and uploaded onto the iLearn page for the unit. The lecture components provide students with the knowledge base essential for undertaking qualitative research for policy. Students are required to listen to the lecture prior to the seminar for the week, as it provides information required to participate in the seminar activities.
- 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 SOCI8035 iLearn site.
- From Week 1-12 weekly seminars focus on applied exercises which aim to develop students qualitative research skills. These include exercises relating to research design, ethics, the practice of various qualitative methods, data analysis and interpretation and writing for policy. These will be undertaken in class. Subject to COVID-19 requirements these seminars will be either undertaken in-class on-campus or online via Zoom.
- The seminar material will be 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 in 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.
- Week 13, and if required Week 14, 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 recommendations in class.
- As this is a skills-based unit, attendance and active participation in the seminars is a minimum expectation.
- To successfully complete the assessment tasks, additional reading and research will be required to be undertaken by students.