• Essential Research Theories and Methods in Social Science
    • School of International & Public Affairs
    • Credit. 2
    • ER401
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    • CURRENT
    • Fall , 2015
    • 1045
    • Course Description:
    • ( Exchange Programme )
    • This course is designed to introduce students to the tools which social scientists use to conduct research on society and produce knowledge, in other words, how to be social scientists. Many of the fundamental issues of research will be covered in this course, including the scientific method and research process, and ethical dilemmas that may arise. We will also survey the essential procedures used to collect and analyze data, covering both quantitative and qualitative approaches. A major focus of this course is to enhance the ability of students to critically examine published research.

      During this course, the students will learn how to carry out a scientific investigation from the formulation of hypotheses, to the selection of appropriate methodology, and the steps involved in the implementation of a study, using either quantitative or qualitative methodologies.
    • Course Syllabus:
    • Essential Research Methods in Social Science

      Part I Foundations
      1-A. 9/7,Course introduction
      Introduction
      Who am I?
      Who are you?
      Why you are here? What are your expectations?
      How would you be evaluated?
      What is science? Social Science? Research method? Research proposal?
      What are basic steps in a standard social research?
      No readings.

      1-B. 9/7,Starting from Questions: Learn how to ask a research question
      The purpose of a research is to answer an interesting question. What is a good research question? Where does a good research question come from?
      Booth et al. 2009 Research Craft. 33-68



      2-A. 9/14,Theory: Simplification of Social World
      What is theory? Why do we need theory? How to propose a hypothesis? How to test a theory?
      Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company.
      Chapter 3

      2-B. . 9/14:Theory:Causality
      What is causality? How to establish a causal relationship in a research?
      Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. Chapter 2


      Part II The Structuring of Inquiry
      3-A. 9/21, Research Design: The suitable one is the best
      Research design is a framework of collecting and analyzing data.What types of research designs exit? Which type is the best?
      Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. Chapter 4

      3-B. 9/21,Discussion(1)
      Please email your first in-class presentation materials to your instructor and your cooperation team before the date of class.

      4-A. . 9/27 Literature Review
      Why do we need a literature review? How to produce a bad one?
      Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. Chapter

      4-B. . 9/27, Concepts and Measurements
      Can you communicate without abstract concepts? What do you mean by referring to the abstract ideas? How do we measure our concepts?
      Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. Chapter 5


      5.Holiday


      6-A. . 10/11 Sampling
      Where do our data come from?
      Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. Chapter 7 Sampling

      6-B. 10/11 Discussion-2
      Email your second course presentation materials to your instructor and your comment team. The second assignment includes research design, literature review, concepts and measures, as well as sampling, despite your first part.
      In-class submission: reading report- I


      Part III Data Collection
      7-A. 10/18 Experiment
      Why experiment is the golden rule of establishing causality? What does a classic experimental design look like? What types of experimental designs exit in social Science? What are the differentials?
      Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. Chapter 8

      7-B. 10/27 Survey
      Survey is a major tool of collecting data for social scientists. Why? And How to get it done scientifically?
      Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. Chapter 9


      7-C. 11/4 Unobtrusive observation
      How to conduct content analysis?
      Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. Chapter 11


      Part IV Data Analysis
      8-A. 11/11 Quantitative Analysis
      What is basic statistical analysis? How to get it done in SPSS?
      Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. Chapter 13

      8-B. 11/18 SPSS software analysis: Demonstration


      9. 12/18 Case study:Qualitative Analysis
      What is a case? How to select? How many cases do you need to select?
      Van Evera, Chapter 2

      10-B. 12/24 Course Summary
      Summarize this course on conducting a social research. The third in-class presentation.
      Reading report-2 submission
    • Schedule:
    • Lecture Schedules and Readings*
      Week #
      Topic
      Readings 教学方式
      #1 Introduction No-reading lecture
      #2 Questions and Problems
      #3 Research Design lecture
      #4 Paradigms, Theory, and Social Research Van Evera lecture
      #5 The Ethics and Politics of Social Research Babbbie03 Case study
      #6 Discussion 1. Peer instruction
      #7 Research Process Babbbie 04 Case study
      #8 Conceptualization and Measurement Babbbie 05 lecture
      #9 Sampling & Writing-up Babbbie 07,17 Peer instruction
      #10 Discussion 2. Peer instruction
      #11 Experiment Babbbie 08 Project oriented
      #12 Survey Research Babbbie 09 Project oriented
      #13 Unobtrusive Research Babbbie 10,Experiment
      #14 Survey Conduct & Discussion 3. At Xuhui Campus At Xuhui Campus
      Site learning
      #15 Quantitative Data Analyses
      #16 Course Summary
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  • Prerequisite Course:

    No Prerequisites

  • Textbooks:

    Babbie, R. Earl. 2012. The Practice of Social Research. 12th edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company.
  • Grading:

    Assessment Breakdown
    The Grading scheme for this course will be as follows: Total 100%

    Class participation: =30%
    Research Proposal: =30%
    Paper review I: =20%
    Paper review II: =20%
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