SOC 317M • Intro to Social Research
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
This course presents the application of the scientific method to the social sciences. From its origins in the experimental method of the physical sciences to present-day public opinion polls and computer analysis, the basic procedures of conducting scientific research have remained constant.
Students will learn the logical steps for conducting valid research, from developing a research question through measurement, data collection, and analysis. The required lab will be devoted to completion of a term project, which will give all students hands-on experience in empirical research.
Lab work and class homework 70%
Cumulative final exam 30%