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Christine L. Williams, 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
46465 TTh
W
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
PAR 130
BUR 124
Musick

Course Description

This course provides a general introduction to the process of social research. We will first cover a number of basic issues that are central to most social research methods. The remainder of the course will be devoted to an examination of specific methods used in research. Although methods such as unobtrusive observation, experimentation, and in-depth interviewing will be covered, a large part of the course will focus on surveys and the methods used to employ and analyze them.

Grading Policy

Lab assignments 15%
Quizzes/exam 30%
Other assignments 30%
Research paper 25%

Texts

Babbie, The Basics of Social Research, Second edition and later

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