Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Abigail Weitzman


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., New York University

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Abigail Weitzman

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Gender and family demography

Courses


SOC 317M • Intro To Social Research

44260 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:00PM RLP 1.404
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Description:

Spanning what are known as “qualitative” and “quantitative” approaches, the course covers basic principles in a few main areas: the meaning of variables, understanding causation, study design, basic sampling, and modes and methods in data collection. Throughout, we draw on examples from published studies in sociology and other social sciences, looking at how other researchers have navigated commonplace methodological pitfalls.

By the end of the course, students should be able to both critically evaluate the methodological underpinnings of much social research. They should also be able to construct their own study, on paper at least, without falling into the most common and destructive traps. We also hope that this course will make students more skilled consumers of information in the real world. People are enveloped in data and arguments based in data. It is important to know how to evaluate the quality of those data. Engaged citizenship demands it.

Grading and Requirements:

2 exams, 2 assignments, 1 research proposal, 1 final research paper

 Grades are A, B, C, D, F (no plus/minus)

SOC 317M • Intro To Social Research

44730 • Fall 2018
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM RLP 0.118
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Description

This course is designed with two goals in mind: 1) for students to garner an understanding of what social research is and the purpose it serves and 2) for students to develop their social science research skills. The former is achieved by reviewing studies that employ a range of social scientific methodologies including ethnography, in-depth interviewing, survey research and quantitative data analysis, causal experiments, and content analysis. The latter is achieved by completing assignments that apply these different methods to an actual research project.

Grades

Lecture and recitation participation (20% of final grade)

Take-home assignments: problem sets (25% of final grade)

Take-home assignments: memos (30% of final grade)

Final Paper (25% of final grade)

Attendance and Participation

Active participation in class and in recitation is required. Attendance will randomly be taken at the beginning of lecture throughout the semester.

 Take-Home Assignments

Throughout the semester students will be assigned a combination of problem sets and memos to complete before coming to class. Students will typically be given one week to complete these assignments.

 Final Paper

The final paper is a mock research proposal, as if students were applying to a foundation in search of research funding. In it, students will discuss the “preliminary” study they conducted during the semester and discuss plans to further this line of inquiry. The proposal should provide 1) a clear research question, 2) a justification of this question in terms of its social and intellectual importance, 3) explanations of the data students collected, their analytic method, and their preliminary findings, and 4) how their research could be extended and/or improved with the help of additional funding (for instance, collecting more data; using a different type of method; replicating the study using new data; etc.).

Text

Johnson, Steven. 2006. The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World. London: Penguin Books.

SOC 317M • Intro To Social Research

45355 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:00PM CLA 0.118
IIQRWr

Description

This course is designed with two goals in mind: 1) for students to garner an understanding of what social research is and the purpose it serves and 2) for students to develop their social science research skills. The former is achieved by reviewing studies that employ a range of social scientific methodologies including ethnography, in-depth interviewing, survey research and quantitative data analysis, causal experiments, and content analysis. The latter is achieved by completing assignments that apply these different methods to an actual research project.

Grades

Lecture and recitation participation (20% of final grade)

Take-home assignments: problem sets (25% of final grade)

Take-home assignments: memos (30% of final grade)

Final Paper (25% of final grade)

Attendance and Participation

Active participation in class and in recitation is required. Attendance will randomly be taken at the beginning of lecture throughout the semester.

 Take-Home Assignments

Throughout the semester students will be assigned a combination of problem sets and memos to complete before coming to class. Students will typically be given one week to complete these assignments.

 Final Paper

The final paper is a mock research proposal, as if students were applying to a foundation in search of research funding. In it, students will discuss the “preliminary” study they conducted during the semester and discuss plans to further this line of inquiry. The proposal should provide 1) a clear research question, 2) a justification of this question in terms of its social and intellectual importance, 3) explanations of the data students collected, their analytic method, and their preliminary findings, and 4) how their research could be extended and/or improved with the help of additional funding (for instance, collecting more data; using a different type of method; replicating the study using new data; etc.).

Text

Johnson, Steven. 2006. The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World. London: Penguin Books.

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