This course examines research methods that produce descriptive data, primarily people's observable behavior, and their spoken and written words. Methods explored include fieldwork, participant observation, interviewing, focus groups, and archival research. Students learn how to design a study, collect and analyze data, and write up the findings. Experiential activities enhance classroom learning.
- Ability to apply knowledge of key concepts, epistemologies, methodologies, and methods to the process of social research at an upper division college level.
- Ability to design a qualitative research project at an upper division college level.
- Development of skills needed to conduct qualitative research at an upper division college level.
- Knowledge of key concepts, epistemologies, methodologies, and methods in qualitative research.
- 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.