Archive for March, 2015

Choosing a Research Method Lab and HW (AMSR)

March 27, 2015

In this assignment you will decide on and develop details about the method that you will propose to use in your research proposal. To complete this assignment you will need to pick a single data collection method from the ones we have studied (content analysis, survey research, qualitative research) and discuss it in depth. You should plan to review the related material in the book while working on this.

In this assignment you will continue to develop the underlying ideas of your research proposal, with a focus on a detailed description of the data collection method. This assignment does not need to be in full paragraphs.

  1. Summarize the topic of your research and your hypotheses or research questions. Explain why you think the hypothesis is true or what you think the answer to the question will be and why.
  2. Describe what type of research method (such as content analysis, survey, or qualitative interviewing) you would use in the proposed research.
  3. Justify this choice with quotations from Chambliss and Schutt or another source appropriate for academic research.
  4. Explain in your own words WHY you have chosen this method and not one of the other methods we have studied for your specific topic.
  5. According to the book and class discussion what are some of the key choices you have to make concerning your use of the chosen method?
  6. At this point in your planning, what decisions have you made about those choices?
  7. According to the book, what are some ethical issues that this method raises?
  8. How will you address these potential ethical issues in your design?
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For Tuesday, 3/31 (DEV)

March 26, 2015
  1. Midterm DUE Date
  2. Carol Mason, ‘Midwestern Roots and National Fruits: The Origins and Implications of Anita Bryant’s Anti-Gay Crusade’*
  3. Update: We will read Howard Becker, ‘Whose Side Are We On?’ Come to class ready to discuss.

For Monday, 3/30 (METH)

March 26, 2015
  1. Ruane, ‘One Thing Leads to Another: Causal Analysis’ (Ch. 6)

For Friday, 3/27 (AMSR)

March 24, 2015
  1. Chambliss and Schutt, Chapter 9

Here is a Request for Proposals that spells out the requirements of the final exam. I’ll probably post this on Blackboard as well, along with this outline for you to follow in writing up your rough draft.

For Thursday, 3/26 (DEV)

March 24, 2015
  1. Booth et al. (2008), ‘Drafting Your Report’ (Ch. 13)

We’ll devote the entire class to workshopping our papers, but the assigned reading will be very helpful in this regard.

For Wednesday, 3/25 (METH)

March 23, 2015
  1. Ruane, ‘Ethics: It’s the Right Thing to Do’ (Ch. 2)

For Tuesday, 3/24 (DEV)

March 20, 2015
  1. Rough drafts of the midterm are due by midnight Sunday, 22 March!
  2. Read Booth et al. (2008), ‘Introductions and Conclusions’ (Ch. 16 of The Craft of Research).
  3. Catch up on last week’s reading (Denfeld & Gordon 1970).

For Monday, 3/23 (METH)

March 20, 2015

Midterms are due at the start of class—after that, it’s a zero. Don’t take any chances! If you didn’t turn it in Wednesday, get it in tomorrow: you can leave a hard copy in my mailbox in the Sociology mail room—I believe the room number is 3225N, but double-check at the Sociology main office.

We’ll watch a (highly instructive) movie to celebrate y’all’s successful completion of this important assignment. Don’t be late.

Update: The midterm guidelines apparently specify a word-count maximum of 3,000 words; the correct limit is 2500 words! Sorry about the typo.

For Thursday, 3/19 (DEV)

March 17, 2015
  1. Denfeld and Gordon, ‘The Sociology of Mate Swapping’*

For Wednesday, 3/18 (METH)

March 17, 2015
  1. Collect midterms.
  2. Joel Best, ‘Telling the Truth about Damned Lies and Statistics’, in Massey (2006)*