Master of Applied Social Research

Course summary for current students

Year

2016 course information

Award granted Master of Applied Social Research
Campus

Cloud (online)

Cloud (online)No
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeA719

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Applied Social Research is designed to equip graduates with practical and analytical skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods. It aims to develop holistic social researchers who are confident and competent in designing, conducting, interpreting and presenting research. You will examine conceptual and theoretical frameworks informing the research environment as a means to operate effectively within it.

The focus of the program is on building a comprehensive suite of skills and knowledge that can be applied to the social research context. Course content covers the stages of conceptualising and planning research (including ethical, cultural and theoretical dimensions), as well as the requisite skills and techniques used to carry out qualitative and quantitative research (data collection, manipulation, analysis and dissemination). Elective offerings enable you to tailor your degree to your area of interest, with specialisms available in communication, gender, health and social policy.

Alternative exits

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
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The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Applied Social Research, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study made up in one of the following ways:

  • 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of units chosen from a specialisation

OR

  • 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points from elective list (chosen with the permission of the Course Director)

OR

  • 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of minor thesis (as pathway to PhD)

Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

To qualify for a specialisation within the Master of Applied Social Research, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study including the following:

  • 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points from within one of the following specialisations listed below 

OR

  • 4 credit points of core units,  2 credit points from within one of the following specialisations listed below and a 2 credit points research project (ASC745) in a related specialist area (as approved by the course director)

Communications

Gender

Health

Social Policy

Students who complete a specialisation of four (4) credit points will have the specialisation indicated on their academic transcript.

Course structure

Core units

ASC741 Conducting Qualitative Research (Final year of offer 2014 - Students to contact Student Services from 2015)

ASC742 Survey Research (Final year of offer 2014 - Students to select AIX707 from 2015)

ASC743 Analysing Qualitative Data (Final year of offer 2014 - Students to contact Student Services from 2015)

ASC744 Analysis of Quantitative Data (Final year of offer 2014 - Students to select AIX708 from 2015)

Electives

ACC717Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)

AID714 Gender and Development (No longer available for enrolment)

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

AIP777Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility

ALC705Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change

ALC706Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures

ALR718Public Relations, Activism and Social Change

ALW729Writing for Communication Media

ASD710 Submission and Tender Writing (No longer available for enrolment)

ASD711 Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning (No longer available for enrolment)

EXE732Social Justice and Difference

EXE738Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH705Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning

SLE721Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development

Minor Thesis units

ASC745 Minor Thesis A (Final year of offer 2015 - Students to contact Student Services from 2016)

ASC746 Minor Thesis B (Final year of offer 2015 - Students to contact Student Services from 2016)

Note: Students may undertake any postgraduate unit offered within the Faculty of Arts and Education with approval of the Course Director.

Details of specialisations

Communications

This specialisation will provide you with a sound understanding of, and ability to operate within, culture and communications industries. Advanced knowledge of organisational culture, ethical practice and globalisation will equip you with specialised expertise of the sector in which applied research is conducted.

ALC705Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change

ALC706Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures

ALR718Public Relations, Activism and Social Change

ALW729Writing for Communication Media

ASC745 Minor Thesis A (Final year of offer 2015 - Students to contact Student Services from 2016)

Gender

Students undertaking this specialisation will be introduced to theoretical and conceptual frameworks to strategically approach and evaluate gender and other forms of social difference.

You will gain an appreciation of how gender is understood and utilised in a diverse range of applied contexts such as aid agencies, educational settings, human rights conventions and public policy documents.

AID714  Gender and Development (No longer available for enrolment)

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

ASC745 Minor Thesis A (Final year of offer 2015 - Students to contact Student Services from 2016)

EXE732Social Justice and Difference

Health

With a focus on contemporary health issues and policies, program planning, evaluation and promotion, this specialisation provides a comprehensive framework with which you can confidently approach applied research in health settings.

ASC745 Minor Thesis A (Final year of offer 2015 - Students to contact Student Services from 2016)

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH705Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning

Social Policy

This specialisation introduces applied social researchers to the latest conceptual frameworks and knowledge needed to understand the processes, practices and policies of governments, non-government organisations and other organisations.

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

AIP777Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility

ASC745 Minor Thesis A (Final year of offer 2015 - Students to contact Student Services from 2016)

ASD711 Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning (No longer available for enrolment)

EXE738Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts