Syllabus 2012 - Third Term, 2012 Johns Hopkins University...

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Third Term, 2012 1 Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Health, Behavior and Society 410.615: RESEARCH DESIGN IN THE SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES Wednesdays and Fridays: 10:30am to 11:50am Hampton House Basement Auditorium Instructor : Elaine Doherty E-mail : [email protected] Office : 712 Hampton House Office Phone: (410) 502-4552 Office Hours : Wednesdays, 1pm – 2:30pm or by appointment Teaching Assistant : Rebecca Evans-Polce E-mail : [email protected] Office : 896 Hampton House Office Phone : 410-955-2985 Office Hours : Tuesdays, 9am – 10am or by appointment Teaching Assistant : Caryn Bell E-mail : [email protected] Office : 359 Hampton House Office Phone : 410-614-3247 Office Hours : Mondays, 9am – 10am or by appointment REQUIRED TEXTBOOK : Russell K. Schutt, Investigating the Social World, 6 th Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4129-6940-6 available in the Medical Campus Bookstore. For each class, there will be required readings that may come from: 1) course text, 2) readings found on the course website, and 3) materials handed out in class. COURSE WEBSITE: This course will use CoursePlus. The CoursePlus web site will include copies of the syllabus, course readings, lecture slides (in pdf format, 4 to a page), and assignments. I will not hand out paper copies of the lecture slides. The slides will be available on the website to print by 12pm the day before each class. All students are responsible for keeping up to date on the information posted on this site. You may use the BBS message board to post questions that may be relevant for the entire class, which the TAs will monitor. I strongly encourage you to access this web site on a regular basis. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will provide an overview of the design and conduct of research in the social and behavioral sciences. Drawing primarily from the research perspectives and methodologies of sociology, criminology, anthropology, and psychology, we will examine: formulation of a research question, selection of a research design, selection of a study site and population, issues and methods of data collection, and measurement validity and reliability. We will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major types of research design used in the social sciences. Course topics will include: the development of constructs, variables, and definitions, establishing causality and the language of experimentation, longitudinal research designs, validity and reliability, non-experimental designs including field and observational studies, survey research, and ethical and social considerations in social science research.
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Third Term, 2012 2 COURSE OBJECTIVES: This is a research design and methods course designed for the social scientist. The primary goal is to make you an informed creator and consumer of research in the social sciences. You should walk away from this course with the ability to 1) read, evaluate, and critique existing social
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