In this course, students are introduced to qualitative research methods commonly used in social science research. Emphasis is on individualized project design, project construction, data analysis, and formal presentation of results. Course content includes exploration of observation, participant observation, ethnography, in-depth interviewing, focus groups, content analysis, case study, and online qualitative innovations in research.
Prerequisite(s): SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology and SOC 3920 Social Theory.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)
This course is an introduction to using the sociological perspective as a method of social inquiry. Students explore such basic concepts as culture, socialization, social structure, social interaction, and social change. They study and apply the theories and research methodologies used to investigate human social interaction. These concepts are applied to social topics such as race, class, gender, family, crime, population, environment, and others.
(Normally offered each semester.)
In this course, students will explore selected major theoretical perspectives of European and American social theories of the late 19th and 20th centuries which influence contemporary sociological thought. Students will develop essential skills in thinking theoretically including the ability to understand, discuss, and apply theoretical perspectives.
Prerequisite(s): SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)