Sociology | Research Methods in Sociology
S370 | 9377 | Dodson


STUDENTS MUST ATTEND LAB SESSION
THIS COURSE NOT TO BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT
S370 MEETS THE SAME DAY, TIME & ROOM AS 371

S370 is a research methods course required for undergraduate majors
in Sociology. It provides a broad introduction to the sociological
research process, focusing on how a variety of methods can be used to
study sociological phenomena. It is, essentially, a course on how to
do sociology. We will address both general issues in research design,
such as measurement and sampling, as well as various data collection
techniques and approaches, including ethnography, interviewing,
content analysis, and survey research. We will discuss the advantages
and disadvantages of various research methods and how sociologists
choose the most appropriate method for their research. These
discussions will provide information regarding how to conduct a study
and a basis for informed evaluation of other researchersí claims.
Tentatively, your grade will be based on exams, lab assignments, and
outside written work. Daily attendance and participation in both
class lecture and lab sessions is mandatory and will be taken into
account in determining the final grade