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Uses of Social Research

4 pages98 viewsFall 2010

Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC200H1
Professor
Eric Fong

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September 28 – Use of Social Research
Announcements:
Tutorial/First Assignment Due
Last Name: N-ZVictoria College 323
Ordinary Human Inquiry
Authority
oAffect by the status
oDisadvantages:
Wrong perspective
Misuse of authority
oListeners should always have a critical mind sight because these professionals are trained
to sell their points and will most likely be biased
It should not be taken for granted that these authorities are always correct
Use of Social Research
Exploratory Research – i.e. started to look at how context affects social behaviour
Descriptive Research
Explanatory Research – i.e. started to look at why context affects social behaviour; under what mechanism
does context affect social behaviour; method of isolation
Foundations of Social Science
A scientific understanding of the world must make sense and correspond with what we observe
Both are essential and relate to three major aspects of the overall scientific enterprise: theory, data
collection, and data analysis
oA good theory must include what we know, what we dont know, and how were going to
explore that of the unknown
When research is carried out, data must be collected and it must be verified/double checked to see
whether or not the data makes sense (i.e. hours spent doing homework higher marks?)
During research, working with colleagues often makes your work before because they may be able
to offer you insight that you might not have thought about
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