TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
Tracy Scott. WRT. 41094 TBA.

January 12, 2011- April 25, 2011

Catalog Description: Introduction to research design and data analysis, including logic of research, methods of data collection, elementary statistics, and computer analysis.

Semester Details:

This course is a practical introduction to research methods commonly used by social scientists, including surveys, in-depth interviewing, experiments, and content analysis. The course has three main objectives. First, you will learn how to translate theoretical issues into concrete research questions. Second, you will learn about various research methods, and which are the most appropriate for different research goals. Third, you will gain actual experience in the collection and analysis of data through a class survey project. The class will implement a survey with Emory undergraduates; students will collect and analyze this data as the basis for their final empirical research paper. The overall goal is to provide you with the analytical skills necessary for evaluating and producing social research data.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Babbie, Earl. 2009. The Practice of Social Research, 12th edition.
    ISBN: 9780495598411.


Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
in-class exercises
short written assignments(Many of these will become part of your final paper.)
final empirical research paper(15-20 pages)
no exams

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