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SOCI 250 A   Social Research Design/Methods back to previous pageBack to Results  
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InstructorBenson, Janel E.
MeetsTR955-1110, ALUMNI 108
Pre-RequisitesSOCI 101 or SOAN 101 or FSEM 193
RestrictionsNo 2021 2018
NotesPrereq or instructor signature required
DistributionSocial Relations,Inst.& Agents
Core AreaNone
FormerlySOAN 210

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This course introduces students to both the dominant areas of inquiry in sociology and the methods that have been devised to investigate them. Emphasis in this course is on investigation. The course familiarizes students with the methods, techniques, and language of social science research. Focusing on field and survey research, the course examines the ways social scientists formulate questions, collect and analyze data, and present their findings. The course is also concerned with the epistemological underpinnings of “doing sociology.” How do sociologists define “fact” and “truth”? What are the historical and contemporary debates over these concepts? To provide students with a hands-on understanding of concepts and issues, students are expected to collect and analyze original data. The class also does computer statistical analysis of pre-existing data bases.

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