12-----------Syllabus2 - SOCY 20 Introduction to...

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SOCY 20: Introduction to Sociological Research Methods University of California, Los Angeles Winter 2008 Instructor : Susan Stockdale, Ph.D. Office Hours: Wednesday, 3-4 pm or by appointment Office: Haines A58-C Email: [email protected] Teaching Assistants: Yuval Feinstein Sections: 1A, 1B, 1C (Monday 9am, 11 am, 3 pm) Office Hours: Monday 10 am-12 noon Office: Haines A54 E-mail: [email protected] Tara McKay Sections: 1D, 1E, 1F (Wed 9 am, 12 pm, 3pm) Office Hours: Monday 3-5 pm Office: Haines A54 E-mail: [email protected] Course Description: This course is designed to familiarize you with research methods commonly used in the social sciences and to apply research methods to everyday sociological problems. The primary goal of the class is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to become critical consumers of information produced through research. This requires some “hands-on” experience, as well as reading and critiquing example research projects. As a class, we will design and conduct a research project on the use of social networking websites. For this project, you are expected to complete a literature review of the problem and write a research paper explaining the methodology and results. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be taught, but the emphasis will be on quantitative methods. Introductory statistical analysis and procedures will also be covered. This course will demand much time and effort, but it is an investment that will pay off in future courses; the logic of evaluation of evidence can be transferred to most scientific and research endeavors. You might also find this course useful after college. You will be able to better evaluate newspaper reports of current research, design your own reports in a variety of professional settings and think logically through situations where you are asked to evaluate evidence (e.g., on jury duty). Required Text: 1. Chambliss and Schutt, Making Sense of the Social World , Second Edition 2006. 2. Sociology 20 Reader, available at Course Reader Material, 1137 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Tel: 310-443-3300
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3. Kirkpatrick & Feeney, A Simple Guide to SPSS for Windows (for version 14) There will also be readings posted on the course website (see detail below). The main emphasis will be on the Chambliss and Schutt text and the readings in the course reader. We will use the chapters from Andrew Keen’s book (in the course reader), Cult of the Amateur, to guide our class research project, which will be college student’s use of social networking websites. As you will see below, the readings include examples of different types of research studies that you will learn about in this class, and are meant to supplement the text. Most of these are from scholarly journals accessible through the UCLA library (online), and are posted on the class website under “List of Links”. A few of
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