After this course the student …
- … can identify and describe key methodological issues relevant to a range of basic research methods used in social science.
- …can, given a case description and as part of a small group of students, write a research proposal for a basic empirical social science study, that includes a justification of the methodological design
- …can, given a set of guidelines, evaluate and provide constructive feedback on the academic writing and the theoretical and methodological soundness of a social science research report
- … can discuss the value and logistics of a peer review process
- ... can describe and apply the ethical standards for conducting research in the social sciences.
This ATLAS social science domain course is about how to conduct research in the social sciences. This course will not only learn you about common social science research methods; in this course we will mainly focus on scientific reasoning when conducting research in the social science domain. Scientific reasoning is the foundation supporting the entire structure of logic underpinning scientific research. Scientific reasoning (SR), broadly defined, includes the thinking skills involved in inquiry, experimentation, evidence evaluation, inference and argumentation that are done in the service of scientific understanding (Dunbar and Fugelsang, 2005). With use of classic and modern examples we will study the key methodological issues of various research methods commonly used in social science. This course will get you acquainted to key methods in social sciences. Furthermore, you will learn how to decide what method to use and how to evaluate the theoretical and methodological soundness of a study. Plus, you will learn to evaluate whether a study is in accordance with the ethical standards for conducting research in the social sciences.|