Sociology | Research Methods in Sociology
S370 | 21030 | Kaiser


This course will teach you how to design a research project,
beginning with how to formulate a good research question and moving
through all the steps needed to set up a quality research project.  I
realize that most students don’t feel particularly excited about a
course in research methods.  You might expect it to be a dry,
technical class, or perhaps you just don’t know what to expect.  I’ll
admit, at times this course will be quite technical.  However, I
truly believe that how we study society can be just as interesting as
what we choose to study!  Research design is intellectually
challenging – I like to think of it as a puzzle that you must solve
by determining the right pieces for your project.  Moreover, not only
will this course teach you how to set up a research project of you
own, this course is incredibly useful in ‘the real world.’  Research
and research methods are all around us – you can’t watch TV or pick
up a newspaper without coming across a reference to “research.”  This
course will make you a better evaluator and consumer of the research
that is all around you.