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SOC10009 Lecture One Academic Enquiry

Academic Enquiry

Lucy Nicholas

on 27 February 2017

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Transcript of SOC10009 Lecture One Academic Enquiry

"The Ultimatum Game"
Lecture One: Introduction to Academic Enquiry
Get into pairs: player one and player two.........
I've got $1 in 10c pieces per pair and it needs to be divided between the pair

Player One needs to decide on how it will be divided

The only rule is, player one must offer a division of the 'pie' to player two:
if player two accepts both of you get to keep your agreed share
if player two rejects you both receive nothing
The Ultimatum Game
How did player one split it?
might player one have chosen to split it that way? (cause)
Did player two accept?
might they have accepted or not?
What does this tell us about human behaviour?
How can we test these theories and explanations about the causes?
Not necessarily one correct conclusion, only
Now we've generated this

it can be use to make
and argue for
it can be
Data is not self explanatory
The same data can be used to make
claims or
What is important and
in academia (at least in social science) is
well the case for this interpretation is made.
Enquiry-led learning and the differences between school and uni
This is......
Academic Enquiry!!!
Your job: synthesis!
Easy (and more fun)!!
so don't freak out. Your job at uni is way better than school. It is looking into stuff then reporting on it, presenting your take on it. It is creating knowledge and entering the
academic conversation.
creating an essay (like journal articles or books) is synthesising all of the information you have used to reach your conclusions in a

it is a
report on
your enquiry process: how and why you came to your conclusion.

according to the
of the discipline (which we will make v clear in this unit!)

enquiry not regurgitation
(evaluative not descriptive)

independent research: Reading!!!

Self-led: START NOW!
Look: reading books is THIS awesome...
doing good research is like cooking a great meal
Justified and evidenced reasoning.
the 'academic conversation'
the 'community of scholars'

experts in your field 'referee' research
What makes academic research worthwhile?
Academic Sources and The Peer Review Process
conventions of the paradigm

systematic research
This Unit:
To introduce you to what university is for and how it does it

To develop the skills you will need for uni, particularly:
independent research,
critically reading and using sources
writing essays (report writing will be covered in
psych units)

To get you thinking about what knowledge is, how its produced, who produces it, and how you can produce it.
'Ground rules'
mutual respect (no laptops, phones or chatting from you, = no patronising by me!)

Questions / clarifications of content welcome in lectures

Lets make it a mutual learning space of enquiry!

Attendance is obligatory

Preparation is obligatory, minimum required reading for tutes
Dr Lucy Nicholas lnicholas@swin.edu.au 400 Burwood Rd, B213
For next week:
Get to know the Blackboard
Read about the assessment on Blackboard
Read and adore your unit outline
Read the textbook chapter linked on Blackboard
Have a look at the study skills resources on Blackboard (about independent learning)
More information on ‘Welcome to Country’ and ‘Acknowledgement of Country’


Gary Foley

How this unit will help you
"I got awarded the top performing first year bachelor of the arts student and I accredit most of that to you teaching me in Academic Literacies, so thank you!" 2014 student (sociology and media communications)

Allows you to get to grips with the procedural stuff and concentrate on content in other units

Always something new to learn

Quick intro to unit and university services
Play a game to introduce us to academic enquiry
Consider what academic study is for and how it is different to school
Go over the unit structure and aims (more detail in tutes)

Get to know each other
Discuss assessment in more depth
Think about what makes a source (book/article etc.) 'academic'
Part 1: weeks 2-6
Part 2: weeks 7-12
: Inequality in access to University in Australian society
To identify sources, take notes, make arguments, plan and write an essay, cite and reference.
Worksheets x 3, Essay 1
To think critically and in new ways, to make arguments and write an argumentative essay. To use readings critically
Leading tute discussion, Essay 2
ART1001 Academic Literacies
University services
Learning and Academic Skills Centre (LAS)
Faculty Learning Advisor
John Schwartz
Pastoral Care, course advice and study skills advice
Academic Development Coordinator
Location: AS422
T: 9214 8377
E: jschwartz@swin.edu.au
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