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SOCI 200B: Methods of Social Research II


This core graduate course-sequence deepens and extends seminar participants’ understanding of the theories and practice of social inquiry and sociological research methods. It provides the necessary analytical skills to evaluate different approaches in social inquiry and to design and complete a sociological research study. Emphasis is given to quantitative surveys, semi-structured interviews, discourse analysis, and historical methods.

SOCI 200B will focus more centrally on the major debates involving, for instance, the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, applied and community social research, assessment of research quality, and strategies for sharing research findings. It will be organized around the selection of analytical methods, regression analysis, grounded theory, discourse analysis, interpretation of findings, and presentation of results.

Required Books

Charmaz, Kathy. 2006. Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide through Qualitative Analysis. Thousands Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Gordon, Rachel A. 2010. Regression Analysis for the Social Sciences. New York: Routledge.

Optional Books

Fox, John. 2008. Applied Regression Analysis and Generalized Linear Models, 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Linneman, Thomas J. 2010. Social Statistics: The Basics and Beyond. New York: Routledge.

Saldaña, Johnny. 2012. The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers, 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Silverman, David. 2011. Interpreting Qualitative Data, 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Smith, Jonathan A., Paul Flowers, Michael Larkin. 2009. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.