Methods of Social Research
This course introduces students to the basic logic and skills of sociological research. Through reading, discussion, class exercises and case studies we focus on: developing the basic skills you need for carrying out empirical research (by which you become a responsible producer of social research) and developing your evaluative and critical-thinking skills (by which you become a responsible consumer of social research). The topics covered include: the logic and structure of social inquiry, modes and methods of observation and research design, the basics of data analysis, and the context of social research, including the politics and ethics of sociological investigations. Gives students practical knowledge and tools for carrying out basic social research projects in other courses, in field or internship experiences, or on the job. Instructor's permission required. No mathematical or statistical prerequisites.