SOCI-201 Methods of Social Research
Spring for 2017-2018
TR 9:30 – 10:45 am
CBN 201

This course is an introduction to the nature, logic and methods of social science. It reviews each of the major research designs including survey research, field studies, analysis of available data and experimental design plus the logic of sampling. The pedagogy is to learn by doing. Students are given a series of short assignments in which they apply the concept discussed in class. Most assignments involve computer-based quantitative analysis.
The course has a mid-term and a final exam; a series of brief exercises; and a research paper in which a social theory is tested with quantitative data.

Prerequisite: One sociology course
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

Sections:

SOCI-201-01 Methods of Social Research
Fall for 2017-2018
Faculty:
TR 11:00 - 12:15 PM

This course covers the fundamentals of social science research design. Great emphasis is placed on principles that are applicable to all methods of research, from surveys to participant observation, from comparative historical to statistical analysis. Starting with an introduction to the philosophy of science, the course moves on to such practical matters as how to distinguish a theory from a philosophical assertion or political program; how to frame a research question; how to design a research project to test a hypothesis; how to conduct research; and how to write a research proposal.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Sociology Majors and Minors only
SOCI-201-02 Methods of Social Research
Spring for 2017-2018
This course is an introduction to the nature, logic and methods of social science. It reviews each of the major research designs including survey research, field studies, analysis of available data and experimental design plus the logic of sampling. The pedagogy is to learn by doing. Students are given a series of short assignments in which they apply the concept discussed in class. Most involve computer-based quantitative analysis.

The course has several objectives:
• to overcome student fears of science, methodology, numbers, and the computer.
• to develop a scientific understanding of natural/social phenomena.
• to develop mastery of the basic tools and concepts of social research.
• to demonstrate the linkages among theory, methods and statistics.
• to promote a habit of professionalism in work products.
• to increase student interest in sociology as a discipline and to expand their awareness of its career
possibilities (see more details below)..

The course has a mid-term and a final exam; a series of brief exercises; and a 5-page term paper.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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