Sociology | Topical Seminar I
S700 | 10315 | Corsaro


Topic:  Social Interaction and Social Structure

This course is intended for students working on a research project
in social interaction and social structure, broadly conceived.  When
they enroll in the course, students are expected to have in mind a
project in this area that can be completed over the course of the
semester.  The product of the course is a paper suitable for
submission to a professional journal or meeting.  The course will be
run as a workshop in the practicalities of doing research, writing
up the results, and publishing.  Issues related to study design,
sampling, measurement, methods of data analysis, interpretation, and
writing, as these apply to the specific projects being worked on,
will be discussed each week.  The instructor will use the
development, writing, submission, and revision of one of his own
articles as an example of moving through the research, journal
submission, and publication process.  Readings, apart from those in
the literature being drawn upon in each project, will be minimal.
We will reserve time in each class meeting to discuss problems and
issues that students are encountering in conducting data analysis
and writing up their papers.  Both the instructor and other students
will be providing input and feedback to student projects.  Student
research products will be presented to the class during the final
weeks of the semester.