Course Descriptions

01:920:311 Introduction to Social Research

  • Required for Major: Yes
  • Course for Minor: Sociology Minor - Required
  • SAS Core: QQ
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-reqs required: No
  • Course Frequency: Generally offered at least once per academic year
  • Pre Requisite Course(s):
  • 01:920:101 Introduction to Sociology
  • Course Notes / Requirements: Prerequisite: 01:920:101 or permission of instructor. The information on this syllabus is subject to change. For up-to-date course information, please refer to the syllabus on your course site (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) on the first day of class.
  • Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Description:

How do we evaluate whether the research and evidence we consume is sound and whether the conclusions presented are believable?  This is an essential skill in a polarized world where we can't always count on honest presentation of evidence. This introductory course in social research methods will answer that question by providing an overview of how sociologists study the social world.  You will learn about the basic tools needed to conduct social research while also developing the skills necessary to critically evaluate the research of others. We will begin with a discussion of the fundamental concepts and issues involved in social science research and move on to consider a variety of approaches to social research, including qualitative research methods, surveys and experimental research design.  Students will learn these methods through firsthand experience with data collection and hypothesis testing. The course assumes no background in research methods or statistics. 

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