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.

Texts/References:

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.