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.
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.
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General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, and daily group work.
Class assignments and grading