o Interesting because it contributes to ongoing research and theory o Focused by being specific and concrete o Manageable or feasible in terms of time and other resources Be able to sketch out the research process. o Select research topic review literature/consider theory formulate research question prepare research design Know the interplay of inductive and deductive logics . o Inductive logic: reasoning in which the conclusion is implied, but goes beyond, the evidence at hand. o Deductive logic: reasoning in which the conclusion necessarily follows if the evidence is true. Know the basics of Durkheim’s research on suicide. o Began with deductive logic; suicide is the result of insanity. He derived hypotheses from theories that supported that suicide was a result of insanity. The data from official statistics on suicide failed to support his hypotheses. Continuing with inductive logic he identified several empirical patterns in the data, from those patterns he was able to derive a theory on suicide. Know the problems with Regnerus’s study on same-sex marriages and child rearing. o Regnerus study supported by foundations opposed to same-sex marriage- conflict of interest o Regnerus may have misrepresented the scope of his findings by virtue of how he defined same-sex parents- social responsibility
Know the main argument of Lareau’s research on social class and childhood development. o Child-rearing approach o Middle class families-concerted cultivation o Working-class/poor families- accomplishment of natural growth What are the types of harm that can result from social research? o Anxiety, loss of self-esteem, feelings of embarrassment or humiliation Be able to discuss how politics influences the research process. o Personal values and political ideology o Groups, professional organizations, and political systems at all levels Be able to briefly describe the Tuskegee Syphililis Study, Humphrey’s Tearoom Trade, Milgram’s Obedience study, and Zimbardo’s prison experiment. o Tuskege Syphillis Study- (1932-1972) they began to study and record the natural progression of untreated syphilis in African-American men, after the 1940s the found a cure for the disease but did not treat the studies participants o Humphrey’s Tearoom Trade (1970s) he was following men, without their knowledge to study homosexual encounters in public places o Milgram’s Obedience study (1960s) was measuring the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure in electric shocking other people o Zimbardo’s prison experiment (1971) was an attempt to investigate the psychological effects of perceive power between prisoners and prison officers, after the prisoners asked Zimbardo to stop the abuse but he allowed it to continue.
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