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

Fall 2009

SOC 317M • Intro to Social Research

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46450 MW
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
12:00 PM-2:00 PM
BUR 130
BUR 224

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

Lab work and class homework 70%
Cumulative final exam 30%


All of the required reading for this course is contained in the textbook listed below
Neuman, The Basics of Social Research, 2nd ed. Pearson, 2007, (paper)
Supplementary materials will be posted on the class Blackboard (BB). See your lab syllabus for additional assignments.
A packet of class surveys needed to complete the term projects will be available for purchase midway through the semester. The typical price for the packet is under $10.


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