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    Research Methods in Social Sciences
    SOSC A313
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    Research Methods in Social Sciences
    Course Start Date
    Spr 2020
    Course Level
    Higher
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Credits
    20
    Language
    English
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    25,000
    Future Terms
    Spr 2021, Spr 2022
    Quota and Schedule
    Course
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Language
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Spr 2020
    Higher 2 terms 20
    English
    25,000
    Spr 2021, Spr 2022

    Course Coordinator:

    • 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).

    Equipment
    You will need access to an audio-cassette player.

    Set book(s)
    Babbie, E R (2013) The Practice of Social Research, CTE version, Cengage Learning.

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