|Methods of Social Research - 21721 - SOCI 2901 - 01|
[Formerly SOCI 201] Sociology Required course. 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.
Associated Term: Fall 2022
Registration Dates: Apr 01, 2022 to Sep 02, 2022
Attributes: SFS/CULP Methods
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