Sociology | Research Methods in Sociology
S370 | 3446 | Furre
3446 1:30PM-2:35PM MTWR BH 135
4:00PM-5:05PM MTWR BH 107
STUDENTS MUST ATTEND LABORATORY SESSION MTWR 4:00PM-5:05PM
ABOVE CLASS REQUIRES PERMISSION OF DEPARTMENT
We are surrounded by the social world and we use many strategies for
making sense of that world. Social scientists have developed
systematic methods for gathering information about the social world.
The main goal of this class is to introduce you to some of these
methods. We will learn these methods from reading research that
uses different methods, from conducting mini-data collection
projects in class and lab, and in designing a more in-depth project
on a topic of your choice. Whether you plan to continue your work
as a sociologist in graduate school or to find a full-time job,
knowledge of research methods is a valuable skill that should be of
use to you in many different settings.
Research methods can be one of the most interesting and useful
classes you can take as an undergraduate sociology major, because
this is where you begin the “hands on” experience of doing
research. Like a medical student who finally gets to see patients,
in this class you finally get to start doing systematic social
research rather than just reading about the work others have done.
When doing research there are rarely absolute right or wrong
answers. Instead researchers must weigh a series of decisions and
evaluate the consequences of those research decisions when
interpreting their results. This course will thus have a strong
emphasis on having you wrestle with many of the types of decisions
researchers have to make and think through the consequences of those
Class and lab periods will include a mix of lecture, discussion and
hands-on activities, and the course will emphasize using different
methods and struggling with the decisions you need to make when
designing and conducting a research project.