2020 Social Science Analysis & Methods Ⅱ (E) / Advanced Lecture(Social Science Analysis & Methods Ⅱ) (E)
[Lecture Course Basic Information]
|Course Periods:*||Mon 2nd period|
|Whether mandatory or not:*||*|
|Classroom:*||This course will be done online using a mixture of real-time lectures (Mondays 2nd period) and other materials. Students should not come to campus. If you are interested in taking this course, please send an email to Professor Linley at linley.matthew (at mark) j.mbox.nagoya-u.ac.jp Since we are using NUCT, please be sure to check your official Nagoya University email account for all communications.|
|Outline of Lecture Course||
This course is an introduction the most used research methods in the social sciences. A good understanding of research methods is essential for pursing any kind of research project. We begin with the importance of developing a good research question and constructing a theory to answer it. We will then proceed to how to design a doable research project and the kinds of data to collect and analyze to help answer your research question. At the end of the course, students should be able to first, identify the various types of research methods used by social scientists and second, be able to generate a research question and choose an appropriate research design to answer that question.
|Course Objectives||First, students will be able to identify the various types of research methods used by social scientists, generate a research question and select an appropriate research design to answer their question. Second, they will be able to design their own study, carry out appropriate analysis of the data, and properly interpret and communicate the findings.|
There is no required textbook for this course. Students will receive assigned readings and handouts prior to each class.
Creswell, J, W. (2019). Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research. New York, New York: Pearson.
Dixon, J. C., Singleton, R., & Straits, B. C. (2019). The Process of Social Research (Second). New York, New York: Oxford University Press.
Kellstedt, P., & Whitten, G. (2018). The Fundamentals of Political Science Research (Third). Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press.Neuman, L. W., & Robson, K. (2018). Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (Fourth). Don Mills, Ontario: Pearson Canada.
This course has no prerequisite.
|Instructions for Out-of-Class Study||Students should expect 2 to 5 hours per week of preparation, including reading, reflecting, preparing written assignments, reviewing notes, and preparing for tests. Additional practice and study may be necessary for those students unfamiliar with using Excel or who have limited experience in data analysis|
|Responding to Student Questions||
The instructors will be available for answering student questions immediately after each class. Students can also make an appointment to talk to the instructor after class.
|Other Notes||This course will be taught by two instructors, one from Political Science and the other from Economics. This course intends to provide students with a practical introduction to empirical research. It is not, however, a course in Statistics. We invite students in the Social Sciences and Humanities interesting in learning how to conduct systematic research to join|
|Lecture||Theme||Lecture Course Description||Learning outside the class||Related page|
|1||Introduction to Research Methods||
Introduction: The Importance of Research Methods
|2||Social Science Research||Science and Social Research: The relationship between theory, data, and analysis||*|
How to Build a Theory
Evaluating Causal Relations
Research Designs: Answering your question
Measurement: How to operationalize concepts
Understanding your data
Surveys: Designing questions and sampling
|10||Data Collection||Field Research and In-Depth Interviews||*||*|
|11||Secondary Data Analysis||
Existing Data Analysis: The use of secondary data
|12||Probability||Probability and Statistical Inference||*||*|
Bivariate Hypothesis Testing
|14||Regression analysis||Multiple Regression||*||*|
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