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SSPS4402: Philosophy of Social Science Research

2024 unit information

What exists in the world? What, and how, can we know about what exists in the world? In this unit, we explore these fundamental questions about being and knowing in the context of debates about philosophy and methodology in the social sciences. We examine how these debates about being and knowing shape and inform decisions about research and research design (methodology). We further explore the politics of knowing and knowledge production, thinking otherwise about knowledge production and its cultivation. We also explore the possibilities for thinking beyond existing debates, focusing on debates about biases of methodologies, Indigenous knowledge, and decolonisation of the social sciences.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Arts and Social Sciences

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Political Economy
Credit points 6
144cp including FASS3999 or equivalent
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Explain the roles of and relationship between, theory, methodology and research design in different types of social science.
  • LO2. Identify and defend the ontological assumptions that students bring to research.
  • LO3. Articulate the epistemological position that informs their research.
  • LO4. Articulate and criticise historical and contemporary debates, and on-going controversies, about knowledge production in the social sciences.
  • LO5. Coherently articulate how their social positionality influences their ontology and epistemological position.

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Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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