Faculty of Arts


Thinking like a Researcher

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for SOCSCRES 100.


Research is the creative engine that drives our collective understanding of humankind’s place in the universe. From social science research we learn about behaviours of people and institutions past and present, and how this information can be leveraged to address current and future problems.

Social science research is applied in a wide range of disciplines and industries, from management to marketing, from human heritage to national/international policy-making. The critical issues we face today are increasingly entangled in human relationships, making it more important than ever to improve our understanding of social structures and processes through sound research.

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the research process and teach you how to think like a researcher. Throughout this course you will develop practical skills for doing research and draw on expert knowledge from leading researchers in the social sciences. In addition to introducing methods used in social science research, this course aims to break down the research process into primary components, and question why research in the 21st century is done the way it is.

This is an introductory course and the first of three in the Social and Cultural Research Module.

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Availability 2018

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Ben Davies


SOCSCRES 100: 15.0 points

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