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AP/SOSC 3993 3.00 Strategies Of Social Science Research

AP/SOSC 3993 3.00 Strategies Of Social Science Research

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AP/SOSC 3993 3.00

Strategies Of Social Science Research

Crosslisted: AP/SOSC 3363

This is a course in critical social science methodology and is designed to improve students' abilities to read and evaluate social research. The major research methods will be studied using exemplary texts and hands on assignments. The methods considered and compared are: quasi-experiments, surveys, ethnography, historical method, case studies, text analysis, and action research.

The course is not primarily about how to conduct a research project, although the skills developed in the course are essential for researchers as well as for those who rely on social science knowledge in support of public policy and social action. Rather, the emphasis is on acquiring the ability to understand and evaluate research findings and reports. This ability is essential in any career or undertaking that relies on empirical evidence and analysis as the basis for rational decisions.

This course is jointly mounted by the Health & Society, Labour Studies, and Law and Society Programs in the Department of Social Science. A number of places are reserved for majors in these Programs. Students are advised to check that they are in the correct section.

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