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Policy about course outlines can be found in § 23.4(2) of the University Calendar 1 University of Alberta Department of Sociology SOC 315 A2: Introduction to Social Methodology Fall 2015 Lecture section A2 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 am 10:50 am, T 1-91 Lab section D3 Thursday 9:00 am 10:50 am, CL 1-30 Lab section D4 Thursday 1:00 pm 2:50 pm, CL 1-30 Instructor: Laura Aylsworth Office: Tory 4-28 Office Hours: by appointment Email: [email protected] * Please use your UofA email for all communication C OURSE D ESCRIPTION : This course covers research design, data collection, and data processing strategies used by sociologists and other social scientists. Topics include research values and ethics, reliability and validity, experimentation, survey research techniques, historical methods, field research, and content analysis. Students will be exposed to a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods and actively participate in the design of a sociological research project. Prerequisite: SOC 210 or consent of instructor. C OURSE O BJECTIVES : This course provides an understanding of sociological research methods and is designed to enhance students ability to undertake social research. By the end of this course, students should: 1) possess an ability to assess the quality of social research; 2) understand and be able to practice a range of skills and research strategies; 3) appreciate the analytical and philosophical complexities of social research; and 4) develop a more nuanced understanding of methodological matters in the context of the social sciences. R EQUIRED T EXT Bryman, Alan, Edward Bell and James J. Teevan. 2012. Social Research Methods: Third Canadian Edition . Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. Additional required readings will be posted on eClass. C OURSE E VALUATION : To accommodate different learning styles and develop research skills, this course consists of multiple requirements: 1. Lab Assignments (ongoing) 15% Total (see next page) 2. Research Project (ongoing, see next page) 35% Total (see next page) 3. Midterm Examination (October 7) 20% 4. Final Examination (tentative: December 15, 9:00am*) 30% * It is your responsibility to verify the date and time of the final exam in Beartracks
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University of Alberta SOC 315 A2: Introduction to Social Methodology Fall 2015 Lab Assignments (5 x 3% = 15%) Lab assignments require students to apply the concepts, theories, or methods they are learning. This may be an application of what you learned in the present session or previous labs. They will be assigned, completed, and submitted during lab sessions. The lab schedule will be provided during the second week of class. Research Project (35% total) Students will actively participate in the design of a sociological research project by completing the following research components: Draft Question (1%, due September 14) Opportunity to get feedback on your research question Abstract ( 5%, due September 28) Concise summary of proposed sociological research project (1 page) Annotated Bibliography ( 9%, due October 30)
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