Archive for January, 2016

For Friday, 2/5 (Week 2)

January 30, 2016

You may have noticed some problems with the links on Questions 9 and 10 in the lab; turns out they’ve moved the Claritas database around. Sorry about that — I’ll fix the links and we can wrap up that lab at the beginning of next class.


This is a lot of reading*, but you can skim the first three assigned texts and concentrate your efforts on the last two.

  • HW due: Sociological Observation of Your Zip Code Essay (in ‘The Sociological Lens’ on Bb)
  • Set up your Google Docs folder (you can find instructions on Bb under ‘The Sociological Lens’); we’ll fix any problems at the start of the next class.
  • Schutt, Chapter 1 (‘Science, Society, and Social Research’); also pp. 495-505 (‘Content Analysis’) and 512-517 (‘Census and Federal Data’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 1
  • Schutt (2015), Appendix B: ‘How to Read a Research Article’. The questions discussed here are extremely useful for the upcoming reverse replication outlines.
  • Sharon Zukin, Scarlett Lindeman and Laurie Hurson, ‘The Omnivore’s Neighborhood? Online Restaurant Reviews, Race, and Gentrification’Journal of Consumer Culture (2015)

*You’re expected to bring assigned readings to class each time. That means hard copies. (Electronic copies are also acceptable on a flash drive or a tablet — do not expect to be able to use your phones for this.)


  1. Sample Proposals: Group Meetings
  2. Sample Proposal Presentations
  3. BREAK
  4. Lab: Sample Proposal Presentations
  5. Q&A: How’s the Proposal-ing Going? (Research Goals)
  6. Exercise for Patten (2014), Topic 1
  7. Zukin, Lindeman, and Huron (2015): Q&A
  8. Replication

*Subject to further revision.


  • HW: Reverse Replication Outline (Content Analysis). In this assignment, you’ll be designing a replication for the Zukin, Lindeman, and Huron (2015) study.

Bits & Bobs: Further Reading

  • Here’s a link to that article I mentioned in class on Alice Goffman’s work. Again, there’s a nice little overview of sociology’s history and the significance of social facts.

For Friday, 1/29/16 (Week 1)

January 25, 2016

Greetings and welcome to Advanced Methods of Research. There are a lot of moving parts in this lab course, so I’ll be posting our weekly agenda in the following form in an effort to provide you a clear overview of what’s going on for any given class. The headings are self-explanatory, I trust.

Before Class


During Class

  • Review for the Final Exam
  • Introductions
  • Pretest
  • Getting Started with Google Docs
  • LAB: Exploring Your Zip Code


After Class

  • HW: Sociological Observation of Your Zip Code Essay


In Every Class

  • There is a secret to getting a good grade in this class. Here it is.



Schutt, Russell. 2015. Investigating the Social World, 8th Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.