SOCI2000: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I give feedback on class?

1. Can I give feedback on the class or a particular lesson?

Yes, just follow this link:

1 minute feedback form

Choosing a model article

1. What sort of article do we need to find for the group project? How is this different to finding references for an essay?

In the instructions for the group project it says:

  1. Replicate Journal Article. This study must be based on a small-scale/partial replication of a social science study which you find in a peer-reviewed academic journal article.

The idea is that you do a similar study for the group project to the one done in the article you find.

So, for example, the article you find might be a might analyse a large public opinion survey of 2000 Americans asking about what types of people support democracy, and what types of people don’t. It might find that men and older people don’t like democracy as much as women and younger people.

You would then design and carry out two small scale studies on the same topic.

  • For the ‘pilot study’, due in week 8, you would interview 12 people for 10 to 30 minutes, and might ask about their attitudes to democracy and analyse that
  • For the final report you would survey 50 people with an online survey, and the survey would have up to 10 questions. You might ask for gender, age, income, nationality, and also attitudes to democracy. You woukd then do some tables and basic statistical analysis to show any patterns in the data

2. Does the article we find need to have both a survey and a qualitative data collection? Can it just be an article that is on a ‘topic’ we are interested in?

The research article you find doesn’t need to involve both interviews and survey data. But it would help if it at least involves one or the other.

The closer the article is to something you can copy, the easier it will be for you. You will be able to use the articles as a model for each step of the process - designing your questions, doing your analysis, presenting your results, integrating with the literature, and writing the abstract, intro and conclusion.

It will be hard to find an article that it is possible to exactly replicate. However, the closer the article is to what you will do, the easier it will be for you to use the article as a model and as a guide during the research process.

In short, I won’t ban you from choosing an article that is on a topic you are interested in, but involves little data collection, or which involves very different data collection to what we will do in this class. However, I would strongly advise against picking such an article.

You might want, as a compromise, to find an article on the topic/theory you are interested in, and then another article that uses the same methods (of data collection and analysis as we use in SOCI2000), but on a completely different topic. This way you can use the first article as a model for the argument/theory, and the second article as a model for the data collection, analysis, and linking of theory to evidence.

3. Can we choose two articles, instead of just one?

I would say it is going to be easier for you if you pick one article. It will make a more straight forward and simple model for your own group project.

However, I know that there are not going to be perfectly identical articles on topics you are interested in.

You might want, as a compromise, to find an article on the topic/theory you are interested in, and then another article that uses the same methods (of data collection and analysis as we use in SOCI2000), but on a completely different topic. This way you can use the first article as a model for the argument/theory, and the second article as a model for the data collection, analysis, and linking of theory to evidence.

Again, I recommend just finding one article that is as close as possible to what you want to do for your group project. But I’m not going to force you do this.

Videos of Seminars (Echo360)

1. I can’t see the videos of the lectures on Echo360. I get a message “Looks like no content has been added to this class yet.”

To access the videos of lectures of this class, scroll down and look in the right hand side bar of the iLearn page for SOCI2000.

  • /> Click on ‘Echo360’.
  • /> Ignore the statement “Looks like no content has been added to this class yet.”
  • /> Click on the date of the lecture on the right side of screen
  • /> Click it again
  • /> The video should play

2. Do the seminars stream live?

Yes. At 9am Monday and 1pm Friday.

They can also be watched as play on demand videos at anytime after class.

Last updated on 28 February, 2020 by Dr Nicholas Harrigan (nicholas.harrigan@mq.edu.au)