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Student number: 0805274 Module title: Researching social methods Module tutor: Aaron Winter Module number: SO0822A Submission date: 14.5.10 Word count: 1718
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In this essay I will be discussing how the researching society module and what have learnt about social research methods have influenced me and the way I would research topics that I am personally interested in. I will also discuss the way in which I would conduct research for any coursework in the future. When discussing researching society, Durkheim states that “Sociology method as we practice it rests wholly on the basic principle that social facts must be studied as things, that is, as realities to the individual”. Durkheim also states that there are two aspects of sociological explanations and they are the casual explanation and functional analysis. Casual explanation, as defined by Durkheim, is when “social factors are accounted for in terms of the other social facts that brought them into being”. Functional analysis, as defined by Durkheim, is when “social facts are examined in relation to the part they play in the survival or adaptation of the other social factors”. There are many areas of social research and some of them are; people who are working in institutions, organisations, structure and culture and inequality and domination. Social research methods has, taught me how to research any chosen area practically. It has taught me that there are many different ways in which you can research a topic within a chosen area. Carrying out a piece of social research gives you the freedom of choosing from a large selection of topics. You can choose any topic that you are interested in and relate it back to society. It has also shown me that there is many different ways in which you can conduct your study, once you have chosen your topic. This course has taught me that once you have picked a topic that interests you, you should always research any previous work which has been carried out in the same area. You can do this by searching the internet for any previous papers that have been published on the same area and once you find them,
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if you find any, you should read them. This will allow you the opportunity gain knowledge in the chosen area and also this may highlight any areas that need more work and raise some questions that you feel have not been answered in the past. This may give your work a new starting point or aim.
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This note was uploaded on 05/24/2010 for the course SOC so0813a taught by Professor Hazellaw during the Summer '10 term at Holy Cross College.

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