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Fall 2022
Aug 07, 2022
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SOCI 2901 - Methods of Social Research
This course is designed to provide a sound introduction to the overall process of scientific research design and the specific research methods most frequently used by sociologists and other social scientists. The research reports we read in journals or hear about in the news reflect the outcomes of a research process, which involves a series of critical decisions. Researchers must limit their topics, pose relevant questions, define their concepts, formulate testable hypotheses, develop means of measuring variables, design samples, and decide how to collect information. The course begins with an overview of the nature of scientific research (including both product and process) and a discussion of the ethics in conducting human subject research, and the dilemmas inherent in efforts to describe social reality. We then review issues related to posing research questions and selecting methods of data collection, such as variables, units of analysis, hypotheses, and establishing causality. We examine measurement and sampling in depth as well. The remainder of the course focuses on some data collection and analysis methods that are most prominent in the field of sociology: surveys, interview, focus group, and ethnographic fieldwork. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Sociology Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/RCST Theory and Methods

Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     

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