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
- Theory and ResearchThe topic reveals the core role of theory in sociological research. Different types of theories and theoretical reasoning will be discussed.
- Methods of data collectionThe 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 methodsIn 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 hypothesisWe 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 questionWe 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 ProblemIn the topic, we will discuss how a research problem is found and stated as well as work with some examples of sociological research problems.
- 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