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Master of Applied Social Research

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Award granted Master of Applied Social Research
Campus

Cloud (online)*

 

*All students should note that campus attendance will be required for ASC744 Analysis of Quantitative Data, offered as intensive weekend study.

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

From 2014, this course is for 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.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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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)

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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.

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Course structure

Core units

 

Trimester 1

ASC741 Conducting Qualitative Research  

ASC742 Survey Research  

 

Trimester 2

ASC743 Analysing Qualitative Data  

ASC744 Analysis of Quantitative Data  

 

Electives

 

Trimester 1

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  

ALC705 Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change  (not offered 2015)

ALC706 Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures  (not offered 2015)

ASD711 Unit description is currently unavailable  

EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  

HSH701 Principles and Practice of Public Health  

HSH702 Contemporary Health Issues and Policies  

SLE721 Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development  

 

Trimester 2

AID714 Unit description is currently unavailable  

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  

AIP777 Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility  

ACC717 Law Media and Communication  [Formerly ALJ724]

ALR718 Critical Public Relations, Culture and Social Change  

ALW729 Writing for Communication Media  

ASD710 Unit description is currently unavailable  

EXE732 Social Justice and Difference  

 

 

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

HSH703 Health Promotion  

 

Trimester 2 or trimester 3

HSH705 Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning  

 

Minor Thesis units

 

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ASC745 Minor Thesis A  

ASC746 Minor Thesis B  

 

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

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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.

 

ALC705 Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change  (not offered 2015)

ALC706 Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures  (not offered 2015)

ALR718 Critical Public Relations, Culture and Social Change  

ALW729 Writing for Communication Media  

ASC745 Minor Thesis A  

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 Unit description is currently unavailable  

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  

EXE732 Social Justice and Difference  

ASC745 Minor Thesis A  

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.

 

HSH701 Principles and Practice of Public Health  

HSH702 Contemporary Health Issues and Policies  

HSH703 Health Promotion  

HSH705 Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning  

ASC745 Minor Thesis A  

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.

 

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  

AIP777 Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility  

ASD711 Unit description is currently unavailable  

EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  

ASC745 Minor Thesis A  

 

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