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Introduction to Sociological Research

Course Code: SOCI 2260
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

A practical introduction to the range of methods employed by sociologists in the collection and analysis of empirical data. Includes critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Course Content

1. Introduction
a. Science and sociological investigation
b. Theory and explanation in sociological research
c. Ethical issues and social research
d. Social, political and financial constraints of social research
2. The Structure of Social Research
a. Research Design
b. Concepts and variables
c. Measurement
d. Quantitative research
e. Qualitative research
3. Sociological Methods
a. Experiments
b. Surveys
c. Field research – semi-structured interviews, focus groups and observation
d. Unobtrusive research
4. Data Analysis
a. Simple and complex relationships
b. Using statistics and software
c. Analysing qualitative data
d. Writing Research Reports

  1. Introduction
    • Science and sociological investigation
    • Theory and explanation in sociological research
    • Ethical issues and social research
    • Social, political and financial constraints of social research
  2. The Structure of Social Research
    • Research Design
    • Concepts and variables
    • Measurement
    • Quantitative research
    • Qualitative research
  3. Sociological Methods
    • Experiments
    • Surveys
    • Field research – semi-structured interviews, focus groups and observation
    • Unobtrusive research
  4. Data Analysis
    • Simple and complex relationships
    • Using statistics and software
    • Analysing qualitative data
    • Writing Research Reports

Methods of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the 
following: a combination of lectures, discussion groups, working groups and seminar presentations. The course 
will involve students in the design and implementation of an actual research project on either an individual,
group or class basis.

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: a combination of lectures, discussion groups, working groups and seminar presentations. The course will involve students in the design and implementation of an actual research project on either an individual, group or class basis.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College 
policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
Mid Term 15%
Literature Review 15%
Individual/Group Project 25%
Research Report 25%
Final Exam 20%

Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Mid Term  15%
Literature Review  15%
Individual/Group Project  25%
Research Report  25%
Final Exam  20%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
1. show an understanding of the philosophical, theoretical and ethical issues involved in doing sociological 
research
2. distinguish between different sociological approaches to research
3. discuss the practical and policy implications of social research
4. locate and use a variety of research resources
5. evaluate research design and design a simple research project 
6. gather data using a variety of different techniques, both qualitative and quantitative
7. provide a simple analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data
8. write a research report.

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  1. show an understanding of the philosophical, theoretical and ethical issues involved in doing sociological research
  2. distinguish between different sociological approaches to research
  3. discuss the practical and policy implications of social research
  4. locate and use a variety of research resources
  5. evaluate research design and design a simple research project 
  6. gather data using a variety of different techniques, both qualitative and quantitative
  7. provide a simple analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data
  8. write a research report.

course prerequisites

SOCI 1125 or SOCI 1145 or SOCI 1155

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.