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Practice of Social Science

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Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC200H1
Professor
Eric Fong

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September 14 – The Practice of Social Research
Part 1: An Introduction to Inquiry
1. Human Inquiry and Science
2. Paradigms, Theor y and Research
3. The Ethics and Politics of Social Research
Looking for reality
Understanding reality is complicated
Scientific criteria
oLogical (if A > B and B > C, then A > C)
oEmpirical
Ordinary Human Inquiry
Observation
oCausal: future circumstances or events are determined by the present circumstances or
events
oProbabilistic: future circumstances or events are more likely to occur wit h the present
circumstances or events
Functions:
oUnderstanding
oPrediction
Tradition
oAdvantages:
Cumulative
oDisadvant ages:
Prevent to see alternative perspectives
Extra effor t to deconstruct traditional view
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September 14 The Practice of Social Research Part 1: An Introduction to Inquiry 1. Human Inquiry and Science 2. Paradigms, Theory and Research 3. The Ethics and Politics of Social Research Looking for reality Understanding reality is complicated Scientific criteria o Logical (if A > B and B > C, then A > C) o Empirical Ordinary Human Inquiry Observation o Causal: future circumstances or events are determined by the present circumstances or
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