Fall 2017  |  SOC 3801 Section 001: Sociological Research Methods (14003)

Class Component:
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/05/2017 - 12/13/2017
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
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Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introduction to the materials and methods of social science research in a comprehensive and critical way. The course begins by introducing social science research, including philosophical and theoretical foundations. The course then covers the primary components of research design, including conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, primary and secondary data collection and sources, sampling, and the logic of comparison(s). prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Discussion sections WILL meet the first week of class. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?eroberts+SOC3801+Fall2017
Class Description:
The research methods course teaches you to understand, critique, and plan sociological research. This course introduces you to both qualitative and quantitative research designs. The course is intended for sociology majors and it should be taken before you begin your major project. We will use lectures, discussions, lab exercises, short weekly assignments, and a few small outside-of-class "hands-on" research assignments to get a feel for a variety of research methods. In addition to exams and the activities listed above, students will prepare a research proposal as their final project for the course.

20% Special Projects
20% Laboratory Evaluation
20% Other Evaluation

Other Grading Information: homework; 40% examinations
Exam Format:
Short answer and brief essay.
Class Format:
60% Lecture
5% Film/Video
5% Discussion
20% Laboratory
5% Small Group Activities
5% Guest Speakers
30-50 pages of reading per week
10-12 pages of writing per semester
2 exams
2 papers critically evaluating the evidence for claims made by a professional sociologist
11 homework worksheets based on assigned readings.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
28 March 2017

ClassInfo Links - Fall 2017 3000 Level Sociology Classes Taught by Evan Roberts

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