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SOCI 2125 Intro to Social Science Research Methods Fall 09 Syllabus

ATLANTA METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

 

The Division of Social Sciences

Course Outline for SOCI 2125 Fall 2009

Credit Hours 3

Course Title Introduction to Social Science Research Methods

Prerequisites Exit from Learning Support English, Reading, and Math 

Instructor Michelle Geisert, MA

Office S156 Hours M/W 11:00-12:30, T/R 12:30-2:00 and by appointment

*more hours will be added

Phone 404-756-4711

mail: mgeisert@atlm.edu

 

Catalog Description

This course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to social science research methods.

 

Course Goals

Students read material, apply research methods and analyze sociological concepts and events.  Students investigate current and historical issues utilizing their own experiences, and integrating these aspects in order to make connections across national, regional, cultural, and gender lines and develop steps that can be taken to improve communication, anticipate trends, and problem solve.

 

Required Textbook: The Basics of Social Research (2008), 4th edition, by Earl Babbie, Thomson Wadsworth Publishing, ISBN - 13: 978-0-495-09468-5

 

Learning Outcomes

1. Personal/Social Development 

Successful students will:

a. Familiarize themselves with current and historical methods of social inquiry.

b.  Be able to understand and appreciate the diversity and commonalities among world cultures.

c. Develop an ability toward being value free in their research and conduct scholarly research according to current ethical guidelines.

 

2. Oral Proficiency 

Successful students will:

a. Demonstrate confidence in ability to communicate orally and on paper

b. Contribute constructively to class discussion.

c. Use terminology appropriate to the Social Sciences.

3. Reading Proficiency

Successful students will:

a. Use a dictionary for unfamiliar terminology.

b. Draw inferences and generalize from material presented in textbook.

d. See similarities and differences in their views and the views of the author/s.

 

4. Writing Proficiency

Successful students will:

a. Conduct scholarly research utilizing appropriate sources and technology that focuses on historical, current, and global positions.

b. Formulate and express thesis topic.

c. Provide adequate support for topic.

d. Develop papers with a clear focus, logic and order.

e. Understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing and quoting as well as write and cite sources according to professional guidelines.

f. Use words, sentences and paragraphs that are complete, clear, correct, and concise.

g. Proofread for grammar and spelling.

 

Course Content

The following activities will take place in the course:

a. Lecture and discussion of assigned readings.

b. Writing assignments appropriate to readings and projects.

c. In class group projects.

d. Examinations

Grading System

Exam I                                    30

Exam II                                   30

Exam III                                  30

Exam IV                                  30

Project                                     20

Assignments/Participation         10

Total  points                           150

Percentages and Point Totals

90% and above (135-150 pts) = A

80-89%  (120-134 pts)           = B

70-79%   (105-119 pts)          = C

60-69%   (90-104 pts)            = D

Below 60% (0-89 pts)           =  F

Content Outline (Any changes to the course schedule will be announced in class.)

PART 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO INQUIRY

Chapter 1: Human Inquiry and Science 

Chapter 2: Paradigms, Theory, and Research

Chapter 3: The Ethics and Politics of Social Research

PART 2: THE STRUCTURING OF INQUIRY: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE

Chapter 4: Research Design

Chapter 5: Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement

Chapter 6:  Indexes, Scales, and Typologies 

Chapter 7: The Logic of Sampling

PART 3: MODES OF OBSERVATION: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE

Chapter 8: Experiements

Chapter 9: Survey Research

Chapter 10: Qualitative Field Research

Chapter 11: Unobtrusive Research

Chapter 12: Evaluation Research

PART 4 ANALYSIS OF DATA

Chapter 15: Reading and Writing Social Research

Policies

1. Make-up Exams: DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME YOU WILL BE PERMITTED A MAKE-UP. Missed examinations are at the discretion of the instructor and are essay unless otherwise noted. Students are expected to notify the instructor as soon as possible and provide written verification of emergency.  Example of an acceptable emergency is illness serious enough for hospital stay.  Take home assignments/exams are due at the beginning of the class period and may not be handed in late unless you have special permission by the professor. No make up exams are permitted for take home exams/quizzes.

2. Additional Assignments: Outside assignments are due when assigned and acceptance of late assignments is at the discretion of the instructor. Students who know in advance they will miss a class should email the assignment no later than the beginning of class period on the due date. In class group assignments CANNOT be made up.

3. Attendance: Attendance is strongly encouraged and affects one's grade. I will excuse one missed class and one minor activity.  Please see me if you have a chronic issue. Group activities occur in class, receive participation points, and may not be made up.

 

4. Students are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the courses in which they enroll are included in the approved degree plan and program map for their program of study.  Students must periodically check their enrollment status in this course during the semester. The student is responsible for determining changes, if any, in enrollment status and taking necessary steps (e.g. pursing re-instatement in this course) following the procedures outlined in the AMC catalog.

 

5.  Problems related to the grading policy for this course or other course management concerns should be first brought to the attention of the professor for the course.  However, a resolution of unsettled problems or concerns may be pursued by following the grievance procedures outlined in the AMC Student Handbook and the Academic Catalog.

 

6.  Cheating and Plagiarism:  Cheating is passing off someone else’s work as your own and includes copying exam answers, using notes or books during examinations, and handing in someone else’s work. Plagiarism is the copying of materials directly from a source without quotation marks and the appropriate citations. It is claiming another person’s work, ideas as your own. If there is a suspicion of plagiarism, the students will be asked to submit notes and copies of research materials (books and articles). Cheating and plagiarism is grounds for failure in this class and dismissal from AMC!

7.  Although every attempt will be made to safeguard your exam/assignments, the professor is not responsible for any exam/assignment handed in at a time other than with the rest of the class.

8.  Respectful decorum and attire is expected within the classroom.  If you must leave during class, or you come in late, please do so discreetly and sit at the back of the class.  DO NOT come to the front to pick up papers off my desk, or ask what's going on.  Please turn cellphones off /silent during class.  Cellphones are not allowed during exams.

9.  This is a college course and as such your behavior is expected to be respectful of the professor and fellow classmates. If your behavior disrupts class it is possible to effect your grade and you may be asked to leave the class permanently!

10.   Procedure regarding long-term emergency closure of the college for inclusion on syllabi (attendance policy):

In the event of an emergency that forces the college to close for an extended period, students must contact the instructor of this class within 48 hours using the contact information (e.g., email address, VISTA 8 Access Code or telephone number) on the syllabus to obtain directions for continuing the course.   The instructor will provide directions for the transmission and submission of course assignments and course assessments, including due dates. 

 

The student is responsible for submitting valid, accurate contact information, including an active AMC email address to the instructor by the end of the first week of the course.  Students can obtain an Atlanta Metropolitan College Student email address in the Academic Support Center on the third floor of the Library Building.

 

If the instructor for the course cannot be reached within the specified period of time (within 48 hours),  the chair of the division responsible for the course can be reached at the email address posted  on the college’s  website.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Week and Topic

Week 1 and 2

Introduction to the course

Chapter 1: Human Inquiry and Science 

Week 3

Chapter 2: Paradigms, Theory, and Research

Week 4

Chapter 3: The Ethics and Politics of Social Research

Week 5

Tuesday Sept 22 Test 1 Ch 1-3

Movie: Kinsey

Week 6

Chapter 4: Research Design

Week 7

Chapter 5: Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement

Week 8

Chapter 6:  Indexes, Scales, and Typologies 

Midterm 10/12/09 Last day to drop with a grade of W

Week 9

Tuesday Oct 20 Test 2 ch 4-6

Chapter 7: The Logic of Sampling

Week 10

Chapter 8: Experiements

Week 11

Chapter 9: Survey Research

Week 12

Tuesday Nov 17 Test 3 ch 7-9

Chapter 10: Qualitative Field Research

Week 13

Chapter 11: Unobtrusive Research

Week 14

Chapter 12: Evaluation Research

Week 15

Chapter 15: Reading and Writing Social Research

Week 16

Research Presentations

Last Class Dec 3 

Final Exam 12/8 2:00-4:00 pm  on Chapters 10-12, 15

Supplemental Material

American Sociological Association.(1984). "Code of Ethics." Washington D. C.

Babbie, Earl. (1995). The Practice of Social Research. 7th Edition. Bemong CA:

Wadsworth.

Bernard, Jesse. (1972). His and Her Marriage. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 2nd edition, pp. 250-256. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Chamblilss, William J. (1973). The Saints and the Roughnecks. In James M. Henslin (eds.) Down to Earth Sociology, 5th edition, pp. 33-37. NY: The Free Press.

Davis, Kingsley. (n.d.) Extreme Isolation. In James M. Henslin (eds.) Down to Earth Sociology, 5th edition, pp. 72-80. NY: The Free Press.

Dorkenoo, Efua and Scilla Elworthy. (1992). Female Genital Mutilation. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 4th edition, pp. 382-389. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Edgerton, Robert B. (n.d.) Sick Societies. In James M. Henslin (ed.) Down to Earth Sociology, 8th edition, pp. 347-354. New York: The Free Press.

Fernea, Elizabeth W. and Robert A. Fernea (nd). A Look behind the Veil. In Garth Massey (ed.) Readings for Sociology, 3rd edition, pp. 107-113. New York: W.W. Norton.

Friedan, Betty. (1993). My Quest for the Fountain of Age. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 4th edition, pp. 251-257. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Gupta, Giri Raj, Love, Arranged Marriage, and the Indian Social Structure. (1979). In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 2nd edition, pp. 262-270. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Hostetler, John A. (1980). Amish Society. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Macionis, John J. (1997). Sociology. 6th Edition. Upper Sandle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Mead, Margaret (1935). Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 3rd edition, pp. 209-214. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Miner, Horace. (1956). Body Ritual Among the Nacirema. In James M. Henslin (eds.) Down to Earth Sociology, 5th edition, pp. 33-37. NY: The Free Press.

Mitford, Jessica. (1992). Fashions in Childbirth. In Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, 2nd Edition, pp. 74-84. Newman, David M. (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Rosenhan, David. L. (1973). On Being Sane in Insane Places In James M. Henslin (ed.) Down to Earth Sociology, 5th edition, pp. 239-250. NY: The Free Press.

Sidel, Ruth. (1996). Keeping Women and Children Last: America’s War on the Poor. New York: Penguin.

Smith, Jane I. (1987). Women and Islam. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 4th edition, pp. 340-346. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Stack, Carol B. (1990). "Different Voices, Different Visions: Gender, Culture, and Moral Reasoning." In Faye Ginsburg and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (eds.), Uncertain Terms: Negotiating Gender in American Culture. Boston: Beacon Press, pp. 19-27.

Tannen, Deborah. (1990). You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation. New York: Ballantine Books.

Thorne, Barrie. (1993). Boys and Girls Together…But Mostly Apart. In Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, 2nd Edition, pp. 102-113. Newman, David M. (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Wolf, Naomi (1990). The Beauty Myth. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 3rd edition, pp. 215-221. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Zimbardo, Philip G. (1972). The Pathology of Imprisonment. In James M. Henslin (eds.) Down to Earth Sociology, 5th edition, pp. 232-238 . NY: The Free Press.

Periodicals: Supplemental Reading

Blackwood, Evelyn. (1984). Sexuality and Gender in Certain Native American Tribes: The Case of Cross-Gender Females. Signs, 10, 27-42.

Jacobs, J. (1993). Gender, race, class and the trend towards early motherhood: A feminist analysis of teen mothers in contemporary society. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 22, 4, 442-462.

Riley, Nancy E. (1997). Gender, Power, and Population Change. Population Bulletin, 52 (May): entire issue.

Simon, Rita J., Angela J. Scanlan, and Pamela Madell. (1993). Rabbis and Ministers: Women of the Book and Cloth. Sociology of Religion, 54, 1, 115-122.

Sociologist’s for Women in Society. (1986). Facts about Pay Equity. (April): entire issue.

Weitzmaq, Lenore J., Beborah Eifler, Elizabeth Hokkada, and Catherine Ross. (1972). Sex-Role Socialization in Picture Books for Preschool Children. American Journal of Sociology, 77, 1125-1150.

West, Candance, and Don Zimmerman. (1987). Doing Gender. Gender & Society, 1, 125-151.

Wright, Erik O., David Hachen, Cynthia Costello, and Joey Sprague. (1982). The American Class Structure. (December). American Sociological Review, 47, 709-726.

Online resources

1. African-American Family History Texts Bibliography http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~women/bibs/bibl-aframerfam.html

2. African American-American Women
On-line Archival Collections Special Collections Library, Duke University http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/collections/african-american-women.html

3. American Women’s Self Defense Association (AWSDA) http://www.awsda.org

4. Angela Shelton-Break the Silence http://www.searchingforangelashelton.com

5. Asian American Concerns and Issues http://janet.org/~ebihara/aacyber_concerns.html

6. Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research: Native American Resources http://www-bcf.edu/~cmmr/Native_American.html

7. Colonial Life: Redefining Family http://history.org/life/family/essay.htm

8. Dr. Phil http://drphil.com/

09. The Kinsey Reports http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Reports  http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/resources/ak-hhscale.html

10. Life Innovations, Inc. http://prepare-enrich.com/

11. The National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute http://www.nlffi.org/

12. Sociology web site http://www.sociology.wadsworth.com

13. U. S. Department of Justice http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov

14. Unusual laws on record http://www.dumblaws.com