SSCI 311

Research Methods in Social Science

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 10, 2005 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of social science research. Students learn and implement a variety of research methods, and critically reflect on the relationship of these methods to philosophical traditions within social science. The courses examines two approaches to social science research, quantitative and qualitative, and the unique contribution of each approach for understanding social life. Experiential activities enhance classroom learning.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Ability to apply knowledge of key concepts, epistemologies, methodologies, and methods to the process of social research at an upper division college level.
  • Development of skills needed to conduct social science research at an upper division college level.
  • Knowledge of key concepts, epistemologies, methodologies, and methods in social science research.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.