Introduction to Sociological Research Methods
University of California, Los Angeles
Susan Stockdale, Ph.D.
Wednesday, 3-4 pm or by appointment
1A, 1B, 1C (Monday 9am, 11 am, 3 pm)
Monday 10 am-12 noon
1D, 1E, 1F (Wed 9 am, 12 pm, 3pm)
Monday 3-5 pm
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.
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.
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
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).
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