Bucknell offers a wide range of courses on social science methodologies. Listed here are courses regularly offered across the social science disciplines where students can learn about specific methods for producing, analyzing and presenting social science research data.

SSRI | Economics | Education | Environmental Studies | Geography | Linguistics | Political Science | Psychology | Sociology & Anthropology | Women's & Gender Studies |


UNIV 140. Social Science Methods Survey Workshop. 0.5 credits
Organized by SSRI (Social Science Research Institute)
This team-taught survey course will introduce students to multiple methodologies employed in social science disciplines. This course is designed for students considering independent research projects and those undecided about their specific major within the social sciences. Students will gain broad comparative knowledge about the strengths, applicability, types of data produced by various methodological approaches and how to pursue more advanced methodological training.

Spring. Prerequisite: None. Preference given to first- and second-year students.


Economics

ECON 341. Econometrics.
The application of statistical methods to quantify and test economic theories, analyze government policies and forecast economic variables.

Prerequisite: None.

Education

EDUC 230. Foundations of Classroom Assessment.
Use of observation, documentation and assessment to develop instructional practices that support learning of all children. Includes assessment across environments and for different purposes.

Spring. Prerequisite: EDUC 201 and junior status or permission of the instructor.

EDUC 301 / EDUC 601. Behavioral Assessment and Intervention.
Provides an understanding of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and its use in preventing and managing challenging behaviors that arise in classrooms and other settings.

Fall. Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 302. Positive Behavior Support.
Study of motivations underlying human behavior; exploration of ecological and human interactions and mechanisms for behavior change. Role of supporting adaptive responses to environmental conditions. Fieldwork.

Spring. Prerequisite: EDUC 301.

EDUC 322 / EDUC 622. Psychology of the Exceptional Child.
Understanding the psychology of the exceptional child from childhood through adolescence. Focused involvement in building an understanding of the diverse ways cognitive disabilities are manifested in children and adolescents with an emphasis on prevention, intervention and remediation. Optional fieldwork.

Alternating fall semesters. Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 342 / EDUC 642. Differentiation and Diversity in Education.
Differential instruction and cultural awareness to foster the learning of all students in inclusive classrooms. Adaptations for reading, writing, spelling and mathematics included. Required fieldwork.

Spring. Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 346 / EDUC 646. Literacy Across Contexts.
This course will explore principles of creating a developmentally appropriate elementary learning environment. Emphasis is placed on writing as process, designing literacy instruction and using approaches to management appropriate to learners of various levels of cognitive, emotional and social development.

Spring. Prerequisite: Junior status or permission of instructor.

EDUC 362 / EDUC 662. Quantitative Research Methods.
This course emphasizes the design of quantitative research and the development of skills in analyzing and interpreting data. Quantitative research in education and psychology is critiqued in terms of theory, past research, hypothesis generation and research design. Data input and analysis involves the use of the statistical software package SPSS.

Spring and summer. Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 364 / EDUC 664. Qualitative Research Methods.
This is an introduction to the foundations of qualitative design in education, including history, philosophy, nature, types, examples, and the challenges associated with data collection and its interpretation.

. Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 425. Internship in Education.
Supervised practice in an educational setting including a structured reflection component. This course may be used to fulfill the Culminating Experience course requirement for the B.A. in education.

Fall or spring. Prerequisite: None.

Environmental Studies

ENST 302. Environmental Research Design.
Students will learn quantitative and qualitative research methods related to environmental studies including research design, data collection and analysis.

Fall. Prerequisite: Junior or senior ENST majors or permission of the instructor.

ENST 411 / GEOG 420. Environmental Community Projects.
Community-based "clinic" course on environmental problems or projects for local stakeholders, based on integrative, interdisciplinary research and design.

Fall or spring. Prerequisite: ENST majors or permission of the instructor.

Geography

GEOG 204. Applied G.I.S.
Introduction to the use of geographical information systems to collect, structure and display large or complex spatial data sets, using examples from human and physical geography.

Fall or spring. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Linguistics

LING 230. Psycholinguistics.
Analysis of psychological processes involved in language. Topics include language production and perception in children, adults, bilinguals and exceptional populations.

Fall or spring. Prerequisite: None.

LING 330. Advanced Topics in Psycholinguistics.
Advanced study in psycholinguistics. Includes topics such as language production, language comprehension and bilingualism.
Alternating spring semesters.

Prerequisites: LING 230 or permission of instructor.

Political Science

POLS 373. Public Opinion.
Theoretical and quantitative approaches to the study of public attitudes in the United States. Alternative fall or spring. Prerequisite: POLS 140 or permission of the instructor.

Preference given to senior political science majors.

POLS 375. Analyzing Legislatures.
An in-depth examination of American legislative politics through empirical social-science research methods.
Alternative fall or spring. Prerequisite: POLS 140. Preference given to senior political science majors.

Psychology

PSYC 215. Psychological Statistics.
An introduction to basic statistical analyses in psychology.

Fall and spring. Prerequisite: PSYC 100, NEUR 100 or ANBE 266, or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 216. Research Methods in Psychology.
An introduction to the methods used and issues faced by psychological researchers. Topics include ethics, study design (true-experimental, correlational and quasi-experimental), data collection and analysis, and communication of empirical findings. A foundation for other research-based courses in psychology.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and PSYC 215 or MATH 216.

PSYC 288. Research Methods in Language.
Research methods in language; especially development and acquisition in infants and toddlers.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: PSYC 215 or MATH 216 and PSYC 216 or PSYC 100.

PSYC 289. Research Methods in Health Psychology.
Introduction to research methods commonly used in health psychology.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: PSYC 215 or MATH 216 and prerequisite or corequisite PSYC 211.

PSYC 290. Research Methods in Biopsychology.
Laboratory research to accompany PSYC 250 Biopsychology.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: PSYC 215 or MATH 216, PSYC 216 or PSYC 296 or ANBE 296, and prerequisite or corequisite PSYC 250.

PSYC 291. Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology.
Laboratory and/or field research to accompany PSYC 213 Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: PSYC 215 or MATH 216, and prerequisite or corequisite PSYC 213.

PSYC 292. Research Methods in Sensation and Perception.
Laboratory and/or field research to accompany PSYC 252 Sensation and Perception.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: PSYC 215 or MATH 216 and prerequisite or corequisite PSYC 252.

PSYC 293. Research Methods in Learning.
Laboratory and/or field research to accompany PSYC 203 Learning. May require dissection or live animal experimentation.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: PSYC 215 or MATH 216, PSYC 216 or PSYC/ANBE 296, and prerequisite or corequisite PSYC 203.

PSYC 294. Research Methods in Human Cognition.
Laboratory to accompany PSYC 204 Human Cognition.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: PSYC 215 or MATH 216 and prerequisite or corequisite PSYC 204.

PSYC 295. Research Methods in Emotion.
Laboratory-based research on the psychosocial causes, characteristics and consequences of human emotion.

Fall or spring. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 and PSYC 215 or MATH 216 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 297. Research Methods in Developmental Psychology.
Students conduct observational research of children's behavior at Sunflower Child Care Center near campus.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and PSYC 215 or MATH 216 and any PSYC 200-level course.

PSYC 298. Research Methods in Personality.
Laboratory, field or applied research to accompany PSYC 228 Personality Psychology.

Offered occasionally. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and PSYC 215 or MATH 216.

PSYC 299. Research Methods in Social Psychology.
Laboratory and/or field research to accompany PSYC 209 Social Psychology.

Fall and spring. Prerequisites: PSYC 100, PSYC 215 or MATH 216.

PSYC 324 / PSYC 624. Advanced Psychological Statistics.
A survey of advanced statistical techniques with emphasis on analysis and interpretation of experimental and correlational data.
Fall or spring.

Prerequisites: PSYC 215 or equivalent and permission of the instructor.

Sociology & Anthropology

SOCI 201 / ANTH 201. Field Research in Local Communities.
Participant-observation, interviewing and other field research methods. Students will devise and conduct their own ethnographic research projects in a local community.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: None.

SOCI 208. Methods of Social Research.
An introduction to various paradigms of social research with emphasis on the logic of social inquiry, research design and data collection.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: Two prior sociology courses and permission of the instructor.

SOCI 209. Analyzing the Social World.
A course in sociological data analysis, using the General Social Survey and other data sets, promoting student research.

Spring. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Women's & Gender Studies

WMST 400. Advanced Seminar in Women's & Gender Studies.
The seminar will focus on the production of an independent research project by each student, with common readings on the practice of feminist scholarship. Students will develop and give formal presentations of their projects.

Fall or spring. Prerequisites: Seniors, juniors by permission, and WMST 150 and WMST 220 or WMST 230/PHIL 230.

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