HS 800: Research Methods in Social Sciences

HS 800: Research Methods in Social Sciences

The nature and process of research, selection and formulation of a research problem. Research design: explanatory and descriptive studies, testing of hypothesis. Problems of measurement. Data collection: observational methods, questionnaires and interviews, projective and other indirect methods. Use of available data as source material. Scaling techniques. Sampling. Analysis and interpretation; establishment of categories, coding, tabulation, statistical analysis. The use of non-quantified data in analysis and interpretation. The research report. Application of social sciences, research and theory. Values and Objectivity in Social Science Research.


Pauline V. Young, Scientific Social Surveys and Research, 4th edition, Prentice Hall, Ind., 1966.

Goode and Hatt, Method in Social Research, International Student Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1952.

Moser & Kalson, Survey Methods in Social Investigation, Heinemann Educational Book Ltd. London, 1971.

Clair Seltiz, M. Jahoda, Morton Deutch, Stuart W. Cook, Research Methods in Social Relations, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1964 revised edition.

Cohen and Nagel, Introduction to Logic and Scientific Method, Harcourt, Brace, New York, 1934.

Lazarsfeld and Rosenberg, Language of Social Research, Free Press, N.Y., 1955.