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Methodology and Research Writing in Social Science - 2nd year


Provides students with an opportunity to produce a major research paper. Through lecture and discussion students will be introduced to social and global issues from a social science perspective. Research skills such as identification of problems and solutions, use of data, and research paper writing will be covered.



Objectives:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Develop ability to produce a major research paper;

2. Discuss social and global issues in a critical manner;

3. Identify causes of social and global issues and present viable approaches to cope with them;

4. Employ data appropriate to their research;

5. Identify and develop their academic interests.

Topics:

Course topics will include the following:

1. A series of lectures which cover basic social science methodology, social science philosophy, major concepts in social science, and major social and global issues.


Method of Instruction:

1. Lecture

2. Group Discussion

3. Research Progress Presentations

4. On-site Library Research

Types of Assignments:

1. Course Readings

2. Research or Reading Progress Reports

3. Final Research Paper

4. Oral Presentation


Sample Text:

1. Finsterbusch, Kurt. Taking Sides, Clashing Views on Controversial Social Issues. 13th ed. Guilford, Connecticut: McGraw Hill, 2005.

2. Harf, James and Mark Lombardi. Taking Sides, Clashing Views on Controversial Global Issues. 3rd ed. Guilford, Connecticut: McGraw Hill, 2005.