lecture 9-13 - • Limitations of sociology o Society is...

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There is no conflict between science and religion. The conflict is between people who misunderstand science, religion, or both. Objectivity: personal neutrality conducting research. The more serious the crime, the more likely an investigator will break rules to solve it. The more serious the research question, the easier it is for bias to creep into the results. Because sociology studies topics of extreme importance to many people, objectivity is difficult in social research. Max Weber: We are all biased, but a good scientist can keep personal interests separate from research Replication: repeating research by different people in different settings to assess its accuracy Ethnography describes participant observation of human behavior. Researchers participate in the culture they study. Nature vs Nurture: Does biolgy or culture determine human behavior?
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Unformatted text preview: • Limitations of sociology: o Society is incredibly complex, limiting our predictive capability o Human beings change their behavior when being studied o Social patterns change consistently o Sociologists are part of the world they study making objectivity more difficult • Research Method: strategy for systematically conducting research. • Experiment: allows the investigation of cause and effect under highly controlled circumstances • Classical experiment design features: o Experimental Group: research for whom the independent variable changes o Control Group: research subjects for whom the independent variable does not change (placebo) o Random Assignment: all subjects have an equal chance of being assigned to any group...
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 001 taught by Professor Lovaglia during the Fall '07 term at University of Iowa.

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