Qualitative Social Research Methods 1

Unit code: APS2030 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
APP1013 - Psychology 1B
ABSW students undertaking this unit must have completed 192 credit points of core ABSW Year 1 and Year 2 units.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study develops students' ability to plan, conduct and analyse qualitative research studies. Studies that exemplify qualitative research principles and processes are drawn from disciplines including psychology, sociology, gender studies and education. On completion of this unit of study students will be able to: appreciate the contribution made by qualitative research methods and the ways in which they may be used in social research; understand the various design elements in qualitative studies including methods, sampling, analysis and presentation. The philosophical background to social research and appropriate theoretical frameworks are presented in this unit and students will have the opportunity to undertake a small scale qualitative project.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise the values, principles and assumptions that underpin different forms of research;
  2. Differentiate between theoretical frameworks and methods used in qualitative research;
  3. Collaborate in designing and conducting, a small scale qualitative research project in an ethical and professional manner; and
  4. Critically review literature and discuss research project findings in relation to literature base.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Project
Grade: 25%
Project Proposal (Group project idea; Individual submission of proposal - 1200 words)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 55%
Group small scale qualitative research report (3500 words) Submission in 2 parts: Part 1-30%, Part 2-25%.
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Test (1 hour)

Required reading

A range of resources will be available via VU Collaborate. There are no required texts for this unit.

As part of a course

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