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SSCI 311 Research Methods in Social Science

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.


Special information

Note: Students must meet both prerequisites 1. Have earned 75 credits and 2. complete SSCI 300: Seeing like a Social Scientist prior to taking this course or must receive special permission from the department.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective January 10, 2005 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • 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.

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor
01 Research Methods in Social Science O'Dougherty, Maureen E Books Course details