Introduction to Research Methods

  • Final
  • Sociology
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • 3.0
  • Students examine fundamental elements of empirical research and the ways in which sociologists gather, evaluate and critique social data. Includes attention to the nature of theory, hypotheses, variables, and ethics of research. Application of qualitative and quantitative analytic tools including logic and research design, such as survey, observational, experimental, case study, and comparative historical research. Computer applications recommended.

  • 120
  • SOCI 110

  • SOCI 125 or equivalent

    1. Scientific inquiry in the social sciences
    2. Paradigms, theory and social research
    3. The ethics and politics of social research
    4. Research design
    5. Conceptualizing and operationalizing measurement
    6. Indexing and scale construction
    7. Sampling
    8. Observation Modes: Survey research, field research, unobtrusive research, evaluation research
    9. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of data, including current statistical software
    10.  Reading and writing social research

  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Explain the basic principles of the scientific method;
    2. Understand the relationship between social theory and research;
    3. Critically evaluate research findings in terms of quality, credibility, and applicability;
    4. Conceptualize and operationalize social variables in formulating testable hypotheses;
    5. Examine various research designs, the role of quantitative techniques, and data reduction in sociological analyses;
    6. Identify and review qualitative approaches in current use;
    7. Describe how social research can be used to make informed decisions.    
    8. Demonstrate familiarity with a social science statistical software for conducting research

  • In-class quizzes and exams, paper assignments, and class participation
    Quantitative analysis using statistical software

  • Babbie, The Practice of Social Research
    Denzin, The Research Act: A Theoretical Introduction to Sociological Methods
    Neuman, Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches
    Somekh and Lewin, Research Methods in the Social Sciences
    Marsden, Sociological Methodology
    Schutt, Investigating the Social World: The Process & Practice of Research

  • October 12, 2010
  • March 03, 2015