Research Methods

SYA 3300 Spring Semester 2006
Monday and Wednesdays 12:30 am to 2:30 pm
Biscayne Bay Campus, AC I Room 328
Sociology and Anthropology Department

Florida International University
University Park Campus - Miami, Florida
     Version: January 9, 2006

This 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 We will review a wide array of research methodologies such as interviewing, historical documents, geographic information systems, surveys, focus groups, and participant-observation.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.

Required Books:

Babbie, Earl
2004 Basics of Social Research w/SPSS. 3rd Edition. Thomson 0-534-22168-8

Bernard, Russell
2002 Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. 3rd Edition. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press. RLPG 0-7591-0148-5.



Instructed by Dennis Wiedman, Ph.D. Anthropologist
Associate Professor. Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Office: Biscayne Bay Campus AC 1, 310. 305-919-5568
University Park DM, 336B. 305-348-2262
Office Hours: By appointment or BBC – Mon. & Wed. 3:00 to 4:00.
University Park – Tues. 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
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