Sociology | Research Methods in Sociology
S370 | 3606 | Irizarry

S370	Research Methods in Sociology  (3CR)
3606	1:30PM-2:35PM	MTWR	BH135
Lab:	4:00PM-5:05PM	MTWR 	BH107	


It is often assumed that a course on research methods is technical,
difficult, and largely uninspiring.  I beg to differ, and in this
course I hope to relay my passion about research design and issues
surrounding research practice.  Research methods can be one of the
most interesting and useful classes that you take—how we answer
questions can be just as interesting as what questions we choose to
In this course we will learn about how to do sociology through
reading, discussion, and classroom exercises.  We will also learn
how to develop research questions and hypotheses, how to measure
sociological concepts, and how to select an appropriate sample for
the research question at hand.  We will also cover a wide range of
specific methodologies and explore the various advantages and
disadvantages of these methodologies, when the use of one method is
appropriate or inappropriate for the research question, and how to
evaluate researchers’ claims on the basis of the evidence they
present.  Throughout this process, we will also consider the
ethical, legal, and social implications of research.
Upon completion of the course, you 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 data
collection, which will make you a better evaluator and consumer of
the research that surrounds you and provide you with some of the
tools necessary to answer your own research questions.