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Oss0212, Social Science, Social Science Research, Sociology
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Education Standards (1)

Explain the Social Science Research Process

Module Overview

OER Text Material

“Eye on Society: Doing Sociological Research” (Chapter Two)

Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World

Soicology as a Social Science. This section will cover the following:

  • Explain what is meant by saying that sociology is a social science.
  • Describe the difference between a generalization and a law in scientific research.
  • List the sources of knowledge on which people rely for their understanding of social reality and explain why the knowledge gained from these sources may sometimes be faulty.
  • List the basic steps of the scientific method.

General good content for the introduction to the social science research process

Section 1: Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

Articles/Books on Social Science Research

Explaining the Social Science Research Process

Research Methods

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The Nature of Social Science Research

BROKEN LINK: ds%20Reading11.htm

Approaches to Sociological Research

Video on Social Science Research

Introduction to Social Science Research - Molly Ott

Published June 2, 2016

Video Table of Contents:

  • 00:00 - Introduction to Scientific Inquiry & Social Science Research
  • 00:16 - What is science?
  • 02:40 - Why not just rely on common sense or informal advice? (“naïve theory”)
  • 02:41 - What is science?
  • 07:07 - What is research? 10:03 - Two main methodological paradigms
  • 14:50 - What is deductive reasoning? What is inductive reasoning?
  • 20:13 - Variables
  • 24:37 - Focus of most quantitative research: relationships between variables
  • 28:18 - Research – Practice Gap