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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

SOCI 2000 - Introduction to Social Science Research Methods

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the diverse research methods used in the Social Sciences, including their strengths and weaknesses, and conveys the necessary practical skills required for their application. Students are taught how to analyze social and political phenomena in a rigorous and scientific manner, requiring an understanding of research design. Students learn how to discriminate among theories, pose proper research questions, construct a relevant hypothesis, make valid causal inferences, operationalize concepts, and test hypotheses. As a result of taking the course students are able to critically evaluate both quantitative and qualitative research studies and utilize data collection techniques involving questionnaires, observation and interviews, as well as database material. The course also examines the ethical principles involved in social science research and develops the skills required for both written and oral dissemination of research results. Credit toward meeting graduation requirements will only be granted for completion of SOCI 2000.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 and ENGL 0989 (when required)