course introduces the research methods of Sociology and
Anthropology. By presenting the how's and why's of research,
it stimulates students to utilize social science research
methods as an exciting way to understand the world. No
knowledge of statistics or mathematics is required before
beginning the course.
The course begins with a discussion of the philosophy of science:
what it means to be scientific and why it is important. Then
we will focus on the interrelatedness of theory, assumptions,
hypotheses, and variables. We will review a wide array of research
methodologies such as interviewing, historical documents, geographic
information systems, surveys, focus groups, and participant-observation.
By the end of the course students will have conducted a research
project by formulating a research problem and research design
and then by collecting data, interpreting results, writing a
report, and making an oral presentation.
On completion of this course the student should be able to:
1) Distinguish between science and other ways of knowing.
2) Critically judge other people's research and publications.
3) Choose the best methods for a given research problem.
4) Construct and critique a research design.
5) Conduct a basic research project.
6) Present research in a professional manner.
2004 Basics of Social Research w/SPSS. 3rd Edition. Thomson 0-534-22168-8
2002 Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative
Approaches. 3rd Edition. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.