Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE SOC2018

 
TITLE Empirical Research in Sociology

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Sociology

 
DESCRIPTION Objective:

This study-unit introduces students to the main problems arising in the design and implementation of empirical sociological research.

Content:

This unit covers all aspects of research from design stage to the interpretation of results. No set book is required. At this stage students are expected to be conversant with the contents and use of the major techniques of research in sociology. This unit will develop laboratory like conditions in which both quantitative, qualitative and non-reactive research methods are evaluated and applied. Special attention will be given to IT and its uses for empirical sociological research. Student will be introduced to the methodology to be used in undertaking self-contained projects in empirical sociology.

Reading List:

- Bruce L. Berg. (2009) Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences (7th Edition). New York Allyn & Bacon.
- Neil J Salkind. (2009) Exploring Research (7th Edition). New Jersey. Pearson Education International.
- D.A.deVaus. (1996) Surveys in Social Research (4th Edition). London. UCL.
- Maria J Norusis. (1987) The SPSS Guide to Data Analysis. SPSS.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES This Study-Unit is offered only to Sociology students.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Mario Vassallo

 
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