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Fall 2017-2018
SOC 300 (SA)   na, npdf

Claims and Evidence in Sociology

Adam M. Goldstein

This is a course on the logic and practice of social research. We explore how sociologists apply a specific approach of inquiry we call 'science' to explain social behavior. Students will learn to formulate tractable research questions and answer them using various combinations of theory, methods, and data. Topics include macro-comparative analysis, field experiments, text analysis, structured interviews, decomposition, simulation, and event studies. We will also grapple with conceptual issues including levels of analysis, causality, respondent reliability, model sensitivity, scope conditions, and inductive vs deductive modes of inquiry.


Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Assigned reading will average approximately 100-130 pages per week. Readings will entail a mix of methodological primers and exemplary/cautionary research studies. When it comes to methods, small details are important: 'Skip or skim at your peril'. There will be five short assignments throughout the semester, which will culminate in a final paper. These assignments will help you create a blueprint for your junior paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Problem set(s) - 35%

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
20422 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T Th        Enrolled:36 Limit:40
22840 P99 TBA        Enrolled:36 Limit:40