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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Methodology and Methods for Sociological Research

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 2, 3 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

  • Theory and Research
    The topic reveals the core role of theory in sociological research. Different types of theories and theoretical reasoning will be discussed.
  • Methods of data collection
    The topic will cover the differences in methods of data collection in quantitative and qualitative research, major approaches to information gathering. Collecting data using primary sources vs. using secondary sources.
  • Quantitative vs. Qualitative methods
    In the topic, we will explore the great battle of qualitative vs. quantitative methods and learn what are the differences between them and when we should use one or another
  • Research hypothesis
    We will talk about how to develop a research hypothesis, define different types of research hypotheses, and how to tell whether your hypothesis is a feasible one
  • Research question
    We will discuss what is a research question, how to distinguish a good research question from a bad one, and learn where research questions come from.
  • Research Problem
    In the topic, we will discuss how a research problem is found and stated as well as work with some examples of sociological research problems.
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