Class Notes (806,874)
Canada (492,493)
York University (33,494)
Social Science (2,973)
SOSC 3993 (5)

SOSC 3993 lecture notes 1. Intro to Social Research.docx

3 Pages
Unlock Document

York University
Social Science
SOSC 3993
Tracy Supruniuk

SOSC-3993 Lecture Notes May 9 , 2013 Introduction  Debates o Who’s right is based on opinions o Easy to settle simple debates  Ex, crimes, statistics are not clear. o Complex issues; who do you know is right , you rely on knowledge o Knowledge  Is not always accurate  Product of social processes  Created by us, the social norms, but is not always correct o Social processes 1. Ex: earth revolves around the sun  No one wanted to believe Galileo, because of the Catholic tradition  Ex: Race is a category; skin colour  Or skull size, hair, eye, nose, height, sexual organs, intelligence  Accepted as common sense  Knowledge o Product of social processes o How is knowledge produced o Knowledge is not separate from power  It is used in the system of power  Used in the system of authority  Ex: Canadian History starts only when Europeans arrive not before o Knowledge is always imbedded in a system of politics  Ex: educational system, medical system, media, relion etc, are gatekeepers tell what is important and what is not o How do we know any particular knowledge is adequate? o Find out by asking the authorities or searching.  Authority o Based on position; based on knowledge o How to know , review there research, must review the research process o Ask yourself 5 questions when reviewing  Did the researcher choose the appropriate research method?  Have they conducted the research stages properly?  Ex: sampling, and how they did it  Have they done a good job addressing the question?  Have they made a valid interpretation of their finding?  What are the limitations of their research? o Or you can conduct the research yourself  The link Between Theory and Research  Theory and Data o 2 types of Data  Quantitative based on Numbers  Qualitative based on word o When doing research your Observing, measuring, recording patterns o Patterns are coincidence o Patterns themselves are meaningless o Patterns require meanings when you relate them to theory o Theory helps to explain data with a logical explanation o Never sure, but there is a strong relationship
More Less

Related notes for SOSC 3993

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.