Foundations of Social Research

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  Foundations of Social Research covers several areas of knowledge relevant to the practice of social science. Lecture and texts delineate scientific terminology and sketch different modes of exploring social worlds, covering both explanation and understanding. Quantitative design encompasses survey and secondary analysis. Qualitative design covers field study and historical-comparative methods. Methods are explored from a dialectical standpoint in which practice is situated in the intersections of class, gender, and race. Students consider the ethics and politics of social research, especially the responsibility of scientists and the role of science in segmented society.  Course is designed for all types of social scientific inquiry, including applied social science and social work.

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