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Published on 14 Jul 2011
School
UTSC
Department
Sociology
Course
SOCB05H3
Professor
University of Toronto at Scarborough
Department of Social Sciences, Division of Sociology
The Logic of Social Inquiry
SOCB05, Summer 2011
Professor A. Mullen
Thursdays, 2 4 p.m.
Pre-requisite: SOCA01Y
How to Reach Me: Office: B542, 287-7308 (number soon to be changed, stay tuned)
Office Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 - 12, or by appointment
E-mail: mullen@utsc.utoronto.ca (I respond to e-mail within 48 hours, except on
weekends)
E-mail is excellent for getting quick questions answered or to let me know about
a problem. However, because I get dozens of e-mails daily I will not be able to
answer lengthy questions, provide in-depth feedback, or engage in discussions
over e-mail. For those purposes, come see me in office hours or speak to me
right after class.
Required Text: Babbie, Earl and Lucia Benaquisto. 2010. Fundamentals of Social
Research, Second Canadian Edition. Scarborough: Thomson Nelson. The text is
available in the bookstore and on two hour reserve at the library. It is also available as
a digital option at about half the price of the hard copy at:
https://www.nelsonbrain.com/shop/en/CA/storefront/canada?
cmd=CLHeaderSearch&fieldValue=9780176414542&targetURL=http%3A%2F
%2Fwww.hed.nelson.com%3A80%2Fnelsonhed%2Fsearch%2Fsearchallgo.do
%3Fkeyfor%3Dallsite%26keyword_isbn%3D9780176414542
Questions about the first edition: the 2nd edition is not too different from the
first one but some of the chapter numbers have changed so you'll need to
compare the two editions to make sure you are reading the right chapter. Also,
there are new sections on ethics and experiments. Again, you would need to
compare the two editions to make sure you get all the materials for those two
sections. So, you could use the old edition but it will require you to do some
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extra work to make sure you dont miss anything.
There are also seven additional short readings that will be posted on the intranet.
Course Description: This is an introductory course on how to do social science
research and how to evaluate the research of others. You will learn about a variety
of techniques and methods that social scientists use to learn about the social world.
You will learn how to assess whether research findings are valid or not. You will
also be given the opportunity to try your hand at research by doing three scaled
down research projects and designing your own research project.
Course Objectives: In this course, you will learn:
The logic of social science research
The elements of research design
The major quantitative and qualitative methods used by sociologists
To critically read and evaluate research reports
To develop research questions and select appropriate methodologies
To design your own research projects
Course Requirements: The course requirements include attendance at lectures and
weekly tutorial sessions, occasional quizzes, several short assignments, a final
paper, and a final exam. The exam will include material from the textbook, readings
and the lectures. The final course mark will be as follows:
Tutorials (attendance, quizzes, assignments): 25%
Mid-term Exam, June 16th, in class: 25%
Essay (designing a research project, 8 10 pages, due August 8th, noon): 25%
Final Exam, as scheduled by the university: 25%
Tutorials: The tutorials are a critical part of this course. Students are expected to do
the reading thoroughly before each class meeting and to come to class prepared for a
possible quiz and to actively discuss the readings. There will be frequent short
assignments required for tutorials or completed during the tutorials. Short assignments
will either be marked “pass/failor for a grade. There will be no make-ups for quizzes or
short assignments. Attendance will be taken each week and you will lose marks for
missing more than one tutorial (or for arriving late or leaving early).
Part of the written work in your tutorials will include designing a Survey Questionnaire
and writing three short Research Memos. Each of these will be from 1 3 pages in
length. You will receive detailed instructions regarding their content. The due dates for
these assignments are as follows:
Survey QuestionnairesMay 26th
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How to reach me: office: b542, 287-7308 (number soon to be changed, stay tuned) Office hours: wednesdays and thursdays, 11 - 12, or by appointment. E-mail: mullen@utsc. utoronto. ca (i respond to e-mail within 48 hours, except on weekends) E-mail is excellent for getting quick questions answered or to let me know about a problem. However, because i get dozens of e-mails daily i will not be able to answer lengthy questions, provide in-depth feedback, or engage in discussions over e-mail. For those purposes, come see me in office hours or speak to me right after class. The text is available in the bookstore and on two hour reserve at the library. It is also available as a digital option at about half the price of the hard copy at: https://www. nelsonbrain. com/shop/en/ca/storefront/canada? cmd=clheadersearch&fieldvalue=9780176414542&targeturl=http%3a%2f. Also, there are new sections on ethics and experiments. Again, you would need to compare the two editions to make sure you get all the materials for those two sections.