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Caroline Lanza
BIS 312
Bothell Campus

Approaches to Social Research

Deals with the why and how of social research. Covers two main themes: the epistemology of social science and the logic of research design. Students learn to assess the strengths of various methodologies, evaluate research results, and initiate future inquiries of their own.

Class description

Deals with the why and how of social research. Covers two main themes: the epistemology of social science and the logic of research design. Students learn to assess the strengths of various methodologies, evaluate research results, and initiate future inquiries of their own.

Class description

This course will introduce students to social research, and will be of interest to students preparing to enter any social field of study. It will teach important components of research theory, necessary skills for planning a research project, techniques for thinking critically about existing research literature, and the different methods that are appropriate for both qualitative and quantitative research. Students will gain an understanding of key components of the research design process. Topics will include the formulation of a research question, reviewing existing research, selecting an appropriate design, and considering how the data collected will be analyzed. Students will gain experience in designing research proposals.

Student learning goals

will understand the basic theory relating to research inquiry and design;

will be able to formulate a focused research question;

will be able to establish linkages between their proposed research and existing knowledge;

will be able to describe and understand the benefits and drawbacks of various data collection methods;

will be able to propose basic analytical methods appropriate for the data they propose to collect;

will understand different research design types and how to select an appropriate research design to address various research questions;

General method of instruction

Lectures, discussion, small group work, films.

Recommended preparation

N/A

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Caroline Lanza
Date: 05/22/2012