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Karam Dana
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

This course explores the idea and practice of social science research and the most effective ways to conduct different types of research. The epistemology of social research, and the "question" or "puzzle" of social science research will be discussed and debated. This course will effectively break down the research process to simple, and manageable components: from a question/puzzle, to research design, to data collection, to analysis and conclusions.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, and daily group work.

Recommended preparation

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 Karam Dana
Date: 05/05/2013