Andrea L Stone
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 will introduce students to the wonderful world of 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 designingresearch proposals.
Student learning goals
will understand the basic theory relating to research inquiry and design;
will be able to formulate a focused research question and testable hypotheses;
will be able to establish linkages between their proposed research and existing knowledge;
will understand different research design types and how to selectan appropriate research design to address various research questions;
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;
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading