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Fall 2016-2017
SOC 300 (SA)   na, npdf

Claims and Evidence in Sociology

Rachael H. Ferguson

This is a course on the logic of social research. We discuss how sociologists apply a specific approach of inquiry we call "science" to analyze and explain social behavior. While surveying a wide range of methods, we will learn how research questions can be answered by using various combinations of theory, methods, and data. Three assumptions about society will be examined: 1) Durkheimian notion of "society as a thing"; 2) society as a composite of variables; 3) society as a meaning-producing process. Students will learn how to formulate a research question and how to marshal empirical data to make a sociological argument.

Sample reading list:
Emile Durkheim, Suicide
Bronislaw Malinowski, Argonauts of the Western Pacific
Devah Pager, Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Assigned reading will average about 100 pages per week. There are about 10 writing assignments designed to generate a blueprint of the junior paper and to meet the deadlines established by the department.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Problem set(s) - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators
Open to SOC Concentrators Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
SOC 101 or another 200-level sociology course.

Other information:
Students are required to attend class and precepts. Written assignments are due on Tuesday at the beginning of class.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21646 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   McCosh Hall   4   Enrolled:26 Limit:30
24786 P01 1:30 pm - 3:20 pm M   Wallace Hall   006   Enrolled:9 Limit:9 Closed
24787 P02 9:00 am - 10:50 am T   Wallace Hall   006   Enrolled:9 Limit:9 Closed
24788 P03 1:30 pm - 3:20 pm T   Jones Hall   203   Enrolled:8 Limit:9
22651 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled