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Spring 2018-2019
SOC 503   P/D/F Only

Techniques and Methods of Social Science

Matthew Desmond
Jennifer L. Jennings

This is a course on research methods for sociology PhD students. The seminar has four objectives: 1) to review foundational principles of research design and contemporary debates in sociological methodology; 2) to introduce students to the practice of different research methods (e.g., survey research, experiments, ethnography, historical and comparative analysis) while considering the strengths and limitations of various approaches; 3) to familiarize students with the components of a strong empirical paper and prepare them to identify a topic and data for their empirical paper; and 4) to train students in the conduct of responsible research.

Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading responses should be no more than 1 single-spaced page in length and should be posted on the discussion board at noon on Tuesday before class.

Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Responsible Conduct of Research Course
SOC Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Open to sociology students only, all others with permission of the instructors. Non-Sociology graduate students wishing to receive a grade for this course must submit a completed Graduate Student Enrollment Change Form located at the following URL:

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40026 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:30:00 pm W   Wallace Hall   190   Enrolled:5 Limit:20