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(SSCI1000 or SSCI100) and (SSCI2010 or SSCI201) and (SSCI2020 or SSCI202)
Social science theories and methodologies have many practical and professional applications in the workplace, including positions in applied policy and research. What are the main applications of social science in today’s workplace? This unit focuses on evaluation and policy research, which apply social science theories and methods to ascertain whether a program or policy intervention is making a difference. This unit has three parts. The first examines the policy context of evaluation and applied social science. In the second part, we survey influential research designs for evaluation and applied social science that incorporate qualitative and/or quantitative methods. And, in the third part, we consider ethical and practical issues that arise when designing and doing applied social science. Through these three parts, the unit aims to introduce students to the skills required to design ethical and robust evaluations and applied social science projects. By doing this, the unit applies knowledge and methodologies from earlier social science units to practical situations in order to prepare students for working on a professional social research project as part of the capstone unit.
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|Program Logic Task||30%||No||05/04/2020|
1,000 word paper
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2,000 word paper
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There is no required textbook for SSCI3010. Required readings are online available via Leganto (see below).
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The following table identifies the weekly topics for SSCI3010. More information can be found about the weekly topics and required readings on the unit iLearn page. Lectures will be held from weeks 1 to 12 (inclusive), whilst online tutorials will run from weeks 2 to 12.
|1||Introducing evaluation and applied social science|
|2||Understanding social issues, programs and public policies|
|3||Program logic models: A critical appreciation|
|4||What is credible evidence? The politics of evidence-based policy|
|5||Designing evaluation as applied social research|
|6||Uses and misuses of quantitative methods in evaluation|
|7||Participatory and qualitative methods for evaluation|
|8||Developing indicators and instruments|
|9||Applying unobtrusive methods: From policy documents to big data|
|10||Beyond 'gold standards': Demystifying mixed methods research|
|11||Designing research proposals|
|12||The ethics of applied social science: Case studies|
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Lectures will be delivered online only.
Readings have been revised and updated where appropriate.
Assessment topics have been revised.
Weekly schedule has been revised.