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This session asks what social research is, providing an overview to the goals
and aspirations of sociologists. We will look at a classic treatise on
sociological research by C. Wright Mills, which we will compare that to a more
contemporary elaboration on the goals of sociology by Les Back. The session
will also cover some of the key concepts that have long informed social
research, including empiricism, causality, inductive or deductive research,
micro- or macro-level studies, structure and agency, as well as qualitative and
quantitative methods. The course will conclude with a working definition of
methodology that we will use as a reference throughout the course

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