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Defining a Research Focus
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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC221H5
Professor
Mary Jo Nadeau
Semester
Fall

Description
SOC221 Sept 29 th Defining a Research Focus - research interests – general topics - research focus – dimensions of topics, issues, problems, concerns, interests – literature review - research hypothesis or expectations – concepts/variables - research question Concepts: Levels of Abstraction - simple concepts: everyday experience (direct) o ex. unemployed, jobless - abstract concepts: aspects of the world not directly experienced; theoretical o ex. social class o need to take your abstract concept and break it down into something measurable - research concepts: measurable (variable) o ex. labour market position Variables - a measurable concept: a characteristic or property that we are interested in studying that can take on multiple values – not consta
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