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Kari A Lerum
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 deals with the why and how of social research. We will cover two main themes: the epistemology of social science and the logic of study design. This course counts toward the requirements for Community Psychology and Society, Ethics, and Behavior majors.

Student learning goals

Students will have an understanding of --and practice in -- several social science research methodologies.

Students will have the ability to comprehend and evaluate research results.

Students will understand the role of theory and epistemology in defining a research question and approach.

General method of instruction

Lecture, small group work, and hands on assignments.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisite needed.

Class assignments and grading

Grades in this class will be based on an series of assignments and quizzes.


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 Kari A Lerum
Date: 01/23/2012