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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2006

SOC 387j • Fundamentals of Research Methods

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47630 T
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
bur 214

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a thorough introductory overview of sociological research methods. Students will analyze existing research students and gain first hand experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research. The course objectives are to develop understanding of (1) the basic elements of an empirical sociological study, (2) how to produce an empirical sociological study, and (3) the major methodological approaches used by contemporary sociologists. We will cover research design and the structure of inquiry, the role of theory in empirical research, argument construction, causal inference, ethics, sampling, approaches to inquiry (quantitative, qualitative, experimental, evaluation), and reporting and reviewing research.


  • The Practice of Social Research, 9th Edition, Earl Babbie, Wadsworth, 2001.
  • The Craft of Inquiry, Robert Alford, Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Analyzing Social Settings, 3rd Edition, John Lofland & Lyn H. Lofland, 1995.


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