Week 1 - Introductory Lecture

Week 1 - Introductory Lecture - Social Research Methods SOC...

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Social’Research’Methods’ SOC’293 Tuesday’28’August’2012 Syllabus’and’Attendance’ Procedure Available’on’UB’Learns Please’note’important’dates Attendance: “how’to’get’credit’for’being’here” Introductory’Lecture Introduction: ’Our’perceptions’and’observations’of’the’social’ world’are’necessarily’limited. Individual’perceptions’bring’risk’of’bias’or’error. We’can’systematically’investigate’our’social’ world. Introduction: We’ask’questions’and’try’to’make’sense’of’our’ position’in’a’complex’social’world.
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“Think’like’a’social’scientist,”’but’thinking’ scientifcally’is’not’always’easy. E veryday’Reasoning’ about’the’social’world’ influences’ what’we’perceive’and’ how’we’ interpret’our’perceptions.’ How’we’obtain’and’process’data:’ Everyday’Reasoning Observe Observe’or’pay’attention’to’inFormation’(data)’ available’through’our’fve’senses’(see,’ hear,’Feel,’taste,’smell) Generalize Seek’patterns’in’what’we’we’have’observed’to’ apply’to’other’times,’places,’or’people How’we’obtain’and’process’data: Everyday’Reasoning Reason Think’through’the’logic’about’the’connections’ and’patterns’among’di±erent’things’and’ processes’that’we’have’observed Re-evaluate Take’new’inFormation’on’board’to’broaden’our’
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