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SOSC A313

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RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES

SOSC A313

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RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES

Course Start Date
Spr 2023
Course Level
Higher
Length in Terms
2 terms
Credits
20
Language
English
Fees ($) (including lab fees)
26,400
Future Terms
Aut 24
Quota and Schedule
Course Start Date
Course LevelLength in TermsCredits
Language
Fees ($) (including lab fees)
Future Terms
Spr 2023
Higher2 terms20
English
26,400
Aut 24

This course may be included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. Click HERE for details of eligibility.
This course may be included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. Click HERE for details of eligibility.

Course Coordinators:

  • Dr Karen Liu, BSc (SYSU); MSc (SYSU); PhD (HKU)
  • Dr Law Lok Yin, BA, BEd (HKBU); MA (CUHK); PhD (NTU)

Course Developer: Dr Ruth Mei-tai Fan

This course is a compulsory course for the Social Sciences (Hons) programme. It covers the basic elements of social research, including designs, procedures, and statistical methods.

Advisory prerequisite(s)
You are strongly advised to have already studied SOSC A101.

Aims
This course aims to enable learners to understand the basic decisions and procedures in conducting research in the social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology, political science, economics) and in applied areas such as education and health. The course discusses the main strategies of research designs, data collection and analysis used by social researchers, illustrating them from different fields of study. The course is also suitable for professionals who need to read and interpret the results of research, and be able to assess their validity.

Contents
The course covers the following topics:

  • The various approaches to knowledge, the different paradigms and methodologies, and the overall process involved in social research
  • The meaning and characteristics of measurement, and various research methods, including observation, interviewing and experimentation
  • Major techniques employed to process and analyse qualitative and quantitative data
  • How research is communicated, and the microsystem of social research

Learning support
There will be 15 two-hour tutorials and three day schools.

Assessment
There are five assignments and a final examination. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

Set book(s)
Babbie, E R (2016) The Practice of Social Research, 14th version, Cengage Learning.