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David Pettinicchio
SOC 220
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Sociological Methods

Familiarizes students with the logic of analysis in social sciences. Students learn to recognize good research design, understand and interpret main arguments employing different methods, and evaluate whether research findings support stated conclusions.

Class description

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the logic and tools social scientists use to quantify social phenomena so as to answer certain research questions. You will learn about the steps involved in research projects: from formulating appropriate research questions and hypotheses, to analyzing and interpreting social scientific data. This should provide you with the skills needed to become an informed consumer of scientific research reported in the popular media as well as in scholarly articles and books.

Student learning goals

Deductive Research

Univariate Statistics (descriptive) and Point Estimates/Estimation (inferential)

Bivariate/Multivariate Statistics and Relationships

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Assignments………………………………………30% Labs……………………………………………… 45% Final exam……………………………………….25% Total……………………………………………...100%


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 David Pettinicchio
Date: 01/17/2008