|SOCIOLOGY 60||Practice of Social Research||Prof. Akos Rona-Tas|
|Summer 2014||Office Hours: T, Th 1|
|Lectures: T,Th 2:00- 4:50 HSS 2305B||or by appointment, SSB 488|
|Discussion Section: T 5:00-6:50 HSS 2305B||phone: 858-534-4699|
TA: Ian Mullins
This class is an introduction to sociological research. My main goal is to teach you the basics of doing and understanding sociological research. The course will emphasize the differences between modes of everyday and sociological argumentation. I will lead students through the entire research process presenting various approaches to sociological inquiry, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each. Topics covered in this course include research design, experimentation, causation, observation and measurement, variables and hypotheses, units of analysis, sampling, comparative historical, qualitative and quantitative methods. There will be a brief introduction to elementary statistical data analysis.
Students will learn about various sources of research information including the World Wide Web, which they will use to complete home assignments. They will also use SPSS for Windows to do some simple description and cross tabulation of data from the General Social Survey.
The textbook for the course is Russell K. Schutt, Investigating the Social World. 6th edition, and it is available at UCSD Bookstore and on reserve at the Library.
Your grade for this class is
|The 3 assignments @ 15% each||45%|
The midterm and the final are both closed book. You can, however, bring a single sheet with your hand written notes (cannot be printed or photocopied) to refresh your memory. The sheet cannot be larger than letter size (81/2X 11 inches) and you may write only on one side. You must write your name on the other side. If you use such a sheet you will have to hand it in with your exam. I will not return it.
The midterm and the final will have some questions lifted directly from the interactive exercises so I strongly encourage you to look at them.
The assignments, just as the exams, must reflect your own effort. You may discuss the assignment with others, but you must complete it by yourself (i.e., you must do all the computer work yourself and must form and write your answers by yourself). Because we have such a short time, no late assignments will be credited and no make up exams will be scheduled except in cases of extraordinary and documented emergency. All assignments have to be typed and stapled, with pages numbered.
The course has a Web site
where you will find this syllabus and all three assignments. You just have to click on
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
Science, Society and Social Research
The Process and Problems of Social Research
Theories and Philosophies for Social Research
Conceptualization and Measurement I.
Conceptualization and Measurement II.
First assignment due
SECTION MEETS AT THE COMPUTER LAB SOLIS 105
Causation and Research Design
Experiments and Quasi-Experiments
Second assignment is due
Survey Research and Qualitative Methods
Historical and Comparative Methods
Data Analysis I
Data Analysis II
Data Analysis III
Third assignment is due at the final
3:00 - 5:59
Place: HSS 2305B