Social Research Methods
This course is design to provide an overview of research methods commonly used by social scientists. We will explore a range of approaches to empirical social research used in Sociology. We will gain experience in formulating a research question, developing a research design, generating and analyzing data, and presenting your results. Successful completion of this course will help students to make linkages between empirical data and theoretical concepts and develop appropriate research designs and instruments to answer sociological questions.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the fundamental theoretical and methodological differences between quantitative and qualitative research designs.
- Develop research questions and select appropriate research methods to address them.
- Evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of different research designs.
- Articulate the ethical and political issues surrounding social science research.
- Use theoretically informed social research methods as tools for future research.
- Analyze quantitative data using basic statistics and statistical software.
- Develop and defend a research proposal.
|Introduction to course
|Paradigms, Theory, and Social Research
|Theory, strategies and questions
|Concepts and operationalization
|Measurement levels, reliability, and validity
|Recruiting/Sampling research participants
|Criteria for causal explanations
|Research ethics and IRB
|Cleaning and recoding data: introduction of STATA
|Secondary data sources
|Qualitative research overview
|Observational field research
|Intro to qualitative data analysis
|Experiments and evaluation research
|Writing research paper
- Babbie, Earl R. (2015). The Practice of Social Research. 14th edition. Cengage Learning, Belmont, California, U.S.A.
- Additional readings will be posted online.
- Recommended book
- Schutt, Russell K. (2011). Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research. 7th Edition. SAGE Publications, Inc.