SOC 507 - Logics and Strategies of Sociological Research Inquiry
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing in Sociology, other Graduate students with permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course introduces methods and strategies for conducting social research. The course focuses on issues and principles that apply across all methods, how research questions motivate methodological choices, and the tradeoffs involved in selecting methods and data sources. We will begin by discussing research design, sampling, and ethics. We move on to three ways of collecting data: asking people questions (interviews and surveys), observing what people do (ethnography and experiments), and analyzing documents and records (including contemporary and comparative historical research). Next, we will discuss qualitative and quantitative analysis, sociological writing, and the publication process. By the end of the course, you will be an informed consumer of social research and prepared to conduct your own research.

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SOC 507 - Logics and Strategies of Sociological Research Inquiry
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001 (LEC)
8SOC Grad
M 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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This is the required list of textbooks. You are welcome to purchase through your preferred bookseller.
ISBN: 9780674048218
Salsa dancing into the social sciences : research in an age of info-glut, Author: Luker, Kristin., Publisher: Harvard University Press 2010
ISBN: 9780226040998
Tricks of the trade : how to think about your research while you're doing it, Author: Becker, Howard Saul, 1928-
ISBN: 9780393978148
Methods of discovery heuristics for the social sciences, Author: Abbott, Andrew Delano,, Publisher: W.W. Norton 2004
ISBN: 9781400821211
Designing social inquiry : scientific inference in qualitative research, Author: King, Gary., Publisher: Princeton University Press 1995
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