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Social Research Methods


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The core objective of this minor is to expose students to the range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques used by social scientists. The learning outcomes of the program include:

  • Develop a definitional and operational understanding of the scientific method
  • Interpret research findings (samples and populations, confidence intervals, and p-values)
  • Explore descriptive statistics and learn how to describe variables (distribution shapes, central tendencies, and the dispersion of variables)
  • Explore inferential statistics and learn how to assess relationships between variables (cross-tabulation, correlation, linear regression, comparisons of summary statistics across groups)
  • Use and learn statistical packages (e.g. SPSS and Stata)
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative data, derived from interviews, participant observations, online sources, and government records, among others
  • Construct hypotheses based on empiracal theories and test predictions using empirical strategies
  • Design methodologically sound research projects in social science