Methods of Social Research

Term: Fall 2008

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 5292

This course will present a survey of the primary research methods used in contemporary social science. The course aims to increase students� ability to successfully practice and interpret research methodologies. We will examine an array of strategies and investigate how each research method has a distinct logic and procedure. A greater emphasis will be on qualitative methods�with particular attention paid to content analysis, participant observation, discourse analysis, visual data analysis, and interviews�however, a section of the course will also be devoted to understanding a quantitative framework. Throughout the course, examples of published research will be analyzed to demonstrate how every methodological technique has a specific strength, limitation and/or disadvantage. The dilemmas of doing human behavior research will also be analyzed.

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