Sociology | Research Methods in Sociology
S370 | 4130 | Wilde

This course will give students an understanding of the common
research methods social scientists use to conduct social research.
Ethnographic, interview/survey, and historical research methods will
be covered.  Three themes will be explored: 1) the various advantages
and disadvantages of those methods, 2) when the use of one method is
appropriate or inappropriate for the research question, and 3) how to
evaluate researchers' claims on the basis of the evidence they
present.  These themes will be explored by reading one excellent
example of each of these three methods, and through exercises
designed to give students hands-on experience in each of these
methods, on a topic of their choice, which will culminate in the
final paper.