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2021 Spring

RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES - SOC290 Spring 2021


Course
Gerald Power
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Lessons

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction to Research

A discussion of the essential aspects of the course content and procedures. What is good research?

2. The Research Question

What makes a good research question? How we ‘read our way’ to a good RQ; the problem of ‘reinventing the wheel’ in our research.

3. Quantitative Research

The epistemological and ontological background. The major features and applications of the quantitative approach. Mixed Methods research.

4. Qualitative Research

The epistemological and ontological background. The major features and applications of the qualitative approach.

5. The Role of Theory

Why is theory important to successful research? Disentangling assumptions, concepts and theories. The linkages between theory and the literature review.

6. Research Design

Progressing from interest in your topic to a strategy for project completion. Conceptualization and operationalization.

7. Historical Analysis

Why is history an atypical branch of the social sciences? Historical principles and methodology explored?

8. Getting the data

Different kinds of data. Good practice for data collection.

9. The Case Study

What makes a good case study? Coding.

10. Comparative Research

When should we consider comparative research?

11. Writing the Research Proposal

The criteria of a solid research proposal. Suggestions for structuring the proposal.

12. Research Proposal Workshop I

Each student will offer a ten-minute oral research proposal. The research proposal will briefly introduce the research area, define the research question, present the theoretical framework/literature, describe the methods to be employed and summarize the contribution the proposed research will make. PowerPoint is advised, though not so many slides as to make the presentation too long or complex. Online students will create a video presentation using, e.g., Loom, and will upload it to NEO LMS. Each presentation will be followed by questions and feedback

13. Research Proposal Workshop II

Each student will offer a ten-minute oral research proposal. The research proposal will briefly introduce the research area, define the research question, present the theoretical framework/literature, describe the methods to be employed and summarize the contribution the proposed research will make. PowerPoint is advised, though not so many slides as to make the presentation too long or complex. Each presentation will be followed by questions and feedback. Online students will create a video presentation using, e.g., Loom, and will upload it to NEO LMS.

14. Final Course Project

Students will submit their final course project, the research proposal (see below for basic guide to contents and format).

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