Methodology and Methods for Sociological Research
- The course covers the following general topics: - Research design - Quantitative methodology - Qualitative methodology - Online studies - Research ethics
- 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
- Introduction in social researchThe 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 methodsThe 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 researchThe 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 methodsThe 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 methodsThe 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 AnalysisThe 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.
- Activities in class
- Home tasksIn 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.
- Exam 1 yearAs your exam, you'll receive a set of 3-5 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 from the course. Each submission will be checked for plagiarism. If any traces of plagiarism will be found, the submission will be graded with 0. If you are using ideas from other sources, you need to put a proper reference. Since there are two questions, you can get 5 points for each.
- Midterm exam
- Written summaries of the assigned readingsYou need to submit a written summary of each reading assignment. The summary should include all the definitions and classifications presented in the reading. The summary should not contain plagiarism
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.3 * Activities in class + 0.3 * Exam 1 year + 0.1 * Home tasks + 0.2 * Tests + 0.1 * Written summaries of the assigned readings
- 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
- 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