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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
46460 MW
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
BUR 220
BUR 220

Course Description

This course introduces the key concepts and methods used in social research. The overall goals are to help students acquire empirical research skills that can be applied to a wide range of future careers, and to enhance students' ability to critically assess social scientific research and various information we may encounter in everyday life. We will begin with a general overview of sociological research, followed by specific issues such as data collection, conceptualization, measurement, analysis, and interpretation of research results. While we will learn both quantitative and qualitative research methods in this course, there is an emphasis on utilizing survey data and interpreting results from statistical analysis. In particular, students will use computer programs during the computer lab sessions to analyze survey data and learn the substantive meanings of numbers and graphs. Given the focus on quantitative data analysis, a previous course in elementary social statistics such as SOC 317L (or the equivalent), or familiarity with basic statistical concepts, is highly recommended.

Students are expected to attend class and lab sessions regularly and read the assigned readings prior to the class period during which we will discuss the material.

Grading Policy

Grades for the course will be based on in-class exams, problem sets, and a final research assignment.


Babbie, Earl, The Basics of Social Research, 4th Edition, 2008
Anagnoson, J., Theordore, and Richard E. DeLeon, StataQuest 4, 1996


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