Introduction to Social Research Methods
- Instructor of Record
- Spring 2023
- University of California, Davis
The goal of this class is to provide an introductory overview of the logic and methods of sociological research. This class will provide a foundation for students to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of various methods in practice as well as a basis to conduct their own social research. By the end of the course, students should be able to identify alignment between research questions and methods, analyze how sociologists and the media portray research, and develop their own research proposal and data collection strategy.
The course will cover the basics of how to design and carry out research using several common methods in sociology. The course will first focus on laying a foundation for social research by developing a research question, the ethics of social research, and how to engage with sociological theory in the practice of research. Next, the class will turn towards exploring different techniques of gathering data. The end of the course will briefly cover techniques for analyzing data.