SOC128: Models of Social Science Research





This course introduces students to core methodological concepts and strategies used in social science research including: research design, sampling and measurement, experiments, survey analysis, content analysis, network analysis, ethnography, and in-depth interviewing. In the course we will discuss and develop the analytic skills necessary to interrogate epistemological assumptions in published research specifically and truth-claims generally.  In addition to critically evaluating previous research, students will collect and analyze their own data based on the different methods discussed in class.  By the end of the course, students should have acquired valuable research tools widely applicable in academic and professional settings.