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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Methodology and Methods for Sociological Research

2018/2019
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 3, 4 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course introduces students to the basics of research methodology in social sciences, and gives a brief overview of the most relevant research methods. Reading and discussion of some widely known studies is combined with practical exercises on development of research design and specific tools.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course covers the following general topics: - Research design - Quantitative methodology - Qualitative methodology - Online studies - Research ethics
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Know the main stages of a research
  • Be able to formulate research question and choose appropriate methodology
  • Understand the basic idea and the differences between main research methods: survey, anthropological/ biographical study, online research etc
  • Know the ethical requirements and limitations for different research methods
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction in social research
    The topic reveals the general logic and tasks of sociological research, the main stereotypes of "non-sociologists" about the procedure of sociological research. Lecture: The main stages and features of sociological research Seminars and practical sessions: Generalized scheme of sociological research
  • Deciding on the methods
    The topic is devoted to the possibilities and limitations of the main methods used in sociological research. Lecture: Choosing a Method of Sociological Research Seminars and practical sessions: Qualitative and quantitative methods of sociological research; Overview of Basic Methods
  • Ethical issues in social research
    The topic discusses the basic principles of ethics, the rights of research participants, the concepts of anonymity and confidentiality. An overview of the main provisions of ethical codes. Lecture: Ethics of Sociological Research Seminars and practical sessions: General ethical principles and ethics of sociological research; Round table devoted to the discussion of the problematic aspects of the ethics of social research
  • Quantitative research methods
    The topic highlights the main features of the quantitative approach in sociology. Lecture: Quantitative methods in sociology. Seminars and practical sessions: Features of quantitative methodology.
  • Qualitative research methods
    The topic highlights the main features of a qualitative approach in sociology. Seminars and practical sessions: Features of qualitative methodology; The main methods of qualitative research
  • Internet Data Analysis
    The topic discusses the main features of working with big data, the possibilities of working with Internet data sources, typical research questions solved using data from the Internet. Seminars and practical sessions: The main sources of Internet data; Research issues solved with data from the Internet.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Activities in class
  • non-blocking Home tasks
    In case of the lack of class participation during the class, additional essays may be assigned in order to test the understanding of the topic. The grade for the essay will be included into home tasks grade.
  • non-blocking Tests
  • non-blocking Exam 1 year
    As your exam, you'll receive a set of three questions. You need to answer two of them in a written form. Each question will raise a methodological problem. We expect you to express your own ideas and attitudes, that should be supported by examples and concepts form the course. Please, be careful with plagiarism. I will check each submission. If I find any traces of plagiarism, you'll get 0. If you are using ideas from other sources, please put a proper reference. Since there are two questions, you can get 5 points for each.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.25 * Activities in class + 0.4 * Exam 1 year + 0.1 * Home tasks + 0.25 * Tests
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Hegde, D. S. (2015). Essays on Research Methodology. New Delhi: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1001250
  • Maruyama, G., & Ryan, C. S. (2014). Research Methods in Social Relations (Vol. 8th ed). Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=798826

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Kothari, C. R. (2004). Research Methodology : Methods & Techniques (Vol. 2nd rev. ed). New Delhi: New Age International. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=277465
  • Rugg, G., & Petre, M. (2007). A Gentle Guide to Research Methods. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=234246