Fall 2023 - SA 255 OL01
Introduction to Social Research (SA) (4)
Class Number: 2821
Delivery Method: Online
Explores how sociologists and anthropologists investigate social relations and contexts. Students learn to develop research questions and turn them into research projects. Introduces data collection techniques and related ethical issues, the relationship between theory and research, and other fundamental concepts and issues involved in conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Quantitative.
This course introduces students to designing and practicing social research in virtual and material worlds. Students deploy and refine a number of methods central to the three main paradigms of social research: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. These include visual methods, ethnography, video-conference interviews, survey research, statistics, mobile methods, and more. The course entails hands-on experience in adopting diverse methods while performing the fundamental activities of social research: creating good research questions; choosing good case studies and variables; measuring abstract concepts; reflecting on power relations while advancing decolonization in research; designing ethical research; collecting, analyzing and presenting data; triangulating qualitative data (e.g. interview data) with statistics (e.g. distributions of income and education for Vancouver); and evaluating research produced by others. By crossing the qualitative/quantitative divide while conducting independent research projects, students gain essential skills for understanding and explaining the very nature and complexity of contemporary society. Some collective and self-directed activities may require physical travel by vehicle, public transit, and feet (as public and personal safety allow). All course materials, including communications, will be delivered via CANVAS.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
|1. Differentiate the objectives and philosophies of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research||4. Compare and contrast fears, motivations and interest related to QUAL, QUANT and MM||7. Perform data collection in the F2F field and analysis for QUAL, QUANT, and MM research questions|
|2. Design research projects around questions appropriate for QUAL, QUANT, and MM||5. Participate in developing a community of practice for ethical social research||8. Perform data collection in the digital field and analysis for QUAL, QUANT, and MM research questions|
|3. Use research methods to test, refine and generate theoretical understandings of social phenomena||6. Publicly justify mixed methods research||9. Triangulate QUAL and QUANT data and findings through a pragmatic approach to MM|
- Participation 20%
- Methods Application Assignment I: Qual 15%
- Methods Application Assignment II: Quant 15%
- Methods Application Assignment III: Mixed Methods 20%
- Final Mixed Methods Portfolio 30%
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 Honesty and Student Conduct Policies: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T20.01), and academic honesty and student conduct procedures (S10‐S10.05). 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.
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