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Beykent University Module Title: Methodology of Social Sciences Semester: Module Code: BEMIR 211 Module Leader: Credit

Rating: 3 ECTS: 6 Total Hours Learning Activity: 90 Private Study: 45 Total student contact: 45 Delivery Strategy: Lectures Pre-requisites: Aims: This course is a general introduction to social research methods and will cover four broad topics: the foundations of social science, research design, data collection, and data analysis. In discussing each topic, we will also consider the ethical implications of social research. Social research is a craft, and like any other craft, it takes practice to do it well. Therefore, our approach will be hands-on right from the start. You will have opportunities to learn by doing in all aspects of the course—in class meetings, the computer lab, and out-of-class assignments Learning outcomes: As a result of having completed the requirements of this course, the student will have demonstrated:(i)An understanding of the scientific process, its application in the social sciences, and its utilization in the problem-solving approach to social issues. (ii) Acquisition of skills necessary to the assessment and interpretation of existing research as a prelude to its use in decision-making in social work practice. (iii) The capacity to identify information needed to address questions and problems encountered even in everyday practice situations. (iv) Knowledge and understanding of the range of research designs and their appropriate utilization.. (v) Research skills such as conceptualizing a problem, formulating hypotheses and objectives, designing research strategy, collecting, analyzing, and interpreting both quantitative and qualitative data, including commonly encountered statistical procedures.(vi) Skill in defining problems, interventive tasks, and proposed actions for specific practice situations in a manner that can be observed or measured.(vii) Understanding of methods to control variation and bias, including factors that can affect the reliability, validity, and representativeness of the information in the problem-solving process, particularly as they affect populations-at-risk.(viii) Ability to identify the value assumptions and the ethical and political dilemmas encountered by social scientists in their efforts to gather, verify, and utilize knowledge Outline syllabus: Welcome to Social Research The Process of Social Research Conceptualization and Measurement Sampling Causation and Research Design Experiments and Experimental Thinking Interviewing Observation of Behavior Text Analysis Indicative references: 1. McQueen Ron and Knussen Christina, Research Methods for Social Science, Prentice Hall, 2002.

2. William M.K. Troachim, Research Methods Knowledge Base, http://trochim.human.cornell.edu/kb/ 3. Ghauri Pervez and GrØnhaug Kjell, Research Methods in Business Studies: A Practical Guide, Financial Times Prentice Hall, 2002

BEMIR 211 Methodology of Social Sciences Week Subject Week 1 Welcome to Social Research Week 2 The Process of Social Research Week 2 The Process of Social Research Week 3 Conceptualization and Measurement Week 4 Conceptualization and Measurement Week 4 Sampling Week 5 Causation and Research Design Week 6 Causation and Research Design Week 7 Experiments and Experimental Thinking Week 8 Experiments and Experimental Thinking Week 9 Interviewing Week 10 Observation of Behavior Week 11 Text Analysis Week 12 Revision