Course Instructor: OL/CC/HS233BR2 Introduction to Social Science Research Methods
Faculty/Academic Area :
Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
January 1 – April 30, 2019
Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:30a.m. – 9:50a.m.
Hours per week/Hours Total :
3 / 36
Anticipated Class Size :
Additional Course Requirements :
Position Summary :
Building on BF290, this course provides an introduction to social science research methodologies that is designed to enable students to read, understand, and critically evaluate social science research as well as to prepare students for more specialized courses in qualitative and quantitative research. Students will learn the philosophical (i.e., ontological and epistemological) basis for quantitative, qualitative, deductive and inductive research, how to frame research questions, operationalize concepts, and design studies suitable to quantitative and qualitative research and the limitations and advantages of various research designs (e.g. cross-sectional, experimental, case studies, ethnographies). The relationship between theoretical concepts, constructs and variables will be examined. Students will be introduced to current issues regarding research ethics. For quantitative research, students will become familiar with different forms of data collection and the following concepts: levels of measurement, the central limit theorem, measures of central tendency and variance, hypothesis testing, the standard error and probability sampling. For qualitative research, students will become familiar with different forms of data collection (e.g., observations, interviews, textual analysis) and basic strategies to categorize and code qualitative material. (Cross-listed as OL233 and CC233 and HS233).
Qualifications – Required :
Qualifications – Other :
A background in interdisciplinary study and/or research is an asset, as is prior teaching experience.
Undergraduate Stipend $8,100
Application Deadline :
October 19, 2018
Submit with Application :
Cover Letter (required only for external applicants; optional for internal applicants)
Letters of Reference (required only for external applicants)
Teaching Dossier (optional)
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This appointment is in accordance with the Part-time Contract Academic Staff Collective Agreement, for which the Wilfrid Laurier Faculty Association (WLUFA) is the exclusive bargaining agent.
Posted on : October 4, 2018
Posting Ends : October 19, 2018
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