Fall 2021 - LBST 202 D100
Labour Research for Social Change: Methods and Approaches (3)
Class Number: 6688
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Office Hours: We 11:30–13:30 via Zoom
Prerequisites:LBST 100 or LBST 101 or with permission of instructor.
Introduces students to labour research through methodology and research methods for social change. By exploring what methodology is, the methods common in labour research, and understandings of social justice, students gain experience of quantitative and qualitative approaches, including survey research. Focuses on using and interpreting quantitative data and statistics for social justice and social change. Quantitative.
Labour researchers use a variety of research methods to investigate the social world. Research methods allow us to empirically investigate the adequacy of social theory and to gather information to create theories to solve pertinent social issues. This course offers a grounding in what we know and how we come to know it. We will learn about both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including interviews, survey research, ethnography and participatory action research (PAR). We also learn about the nature of both qualitative and quantitative research including measurement, sampling validity, generalizability, grounded theory and the analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Understand the basic principles of quantitative and qualitative research, including some criticism of both;
- Increase familiarity with various methods of conducting labour research;
- Improve the skills necessary to be a thoughtful consumer and critic of labour research;and
- Understand the basics of sampling, analyses and measurement.
- Participation in online discussion forums 15%
- Group research proposal 20%
- Midterm exam 30%
- Final exam 35%
Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.
Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:
A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements
Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Labour Studies Program follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style. It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website.
Centre for Accessible Learning: Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.
Bryman, A. & Bell, E. (2019). Social Research Methods, 5th Canadian Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
Print ISBN: 978-0-199029440
VitalSource ebook ISBN: 978-0-199029518
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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021
Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place. Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).
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