Sociology | Research Methods in Sociology
S370 | 25254 | Heacock


ABOVE CLASS OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY

As an empirical (social) science, sociology relies on data collection
and analysis in its production of knowledge regarding the social
world.  Sociology is unique compared to the other (social) scientific
disciplines in that it utilizes the widest range of methods to
collect and analyze data.  In this course, we will study many of
these varying methods through readings, discussions, and actually
doing them.  Thus, students should gain practical skills that will
enable them to be  methodologically at least  competent amateur
sociologists.  Upon completion of the course, students should have an
understanding of how research is actually conducted, be able to
critique research based on the advantages and disadvantages of its
methods, and most importantly have basic skills in research design
and completion.