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Department
Geography
Course
GGR271H1
Professor
Matti Siemiatycki
Semester
Fall

Description
Midterm Review Lecture 1 The Purpose of research ­ Understanding/explaining the social world ­ Systematic research is different to opinion or journalism ­ Social science as a social process in order to plan research budgets, policy  priorities and personal priorities ­ Who do research? o Government researchers, statistical agencies o Private sector consultancies o Companies/industry o Think tanks o Research institutes o Academics ­ Who funds and commissions? o Government department o Government research councils o Institutes o Charities o Commercial sector Research Ethics: ­ Ethical decisions and value judgments ­ Ethical procedures in research  What is social research? ­ Quantitative Methods o Those that seek to create generalizations about the social universe  through numerical abstraction o Seek for extensive generalization o Depth is frequently a key obstacle ­ Qualitative Methods o A set of data­gathering techniques, means of analysis, and modes of  thinking that shun the observer and observed, and overzealous  generalizati
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