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The Certificate in Social Research familiarizes students with the choices they can make in designing social science research and to help them select the research tools that are right for the types of questions they are asking. The four-course program provides knowledge of current research designs, methods, and practices; quantitative and statistical skills; and the logic of inquiry.
 
A number of Sociology M.A. students may wish to obtain the certificate as part of their degree program. It will also be useful for students in fields such as women’s and gender studies, professional writing and publishing, public service, ethnic studies, journalism, and environmental science. Professionals in and students preparing for careers in the non-profit sector, public policy and administration, and the production of media content, will find the certificate valuable as well.
 

Course Requirements

Core Courses

Two core courses are required:

* Students will be placed in the appropriate quantitative/statistics class on the basis of their graduate and undergraduate work.)

Elective Courses 

Choose two courses from the following:

* For elective credit for SOC 418 (Ethnographic Documentary Film) in the Social Research Certificate Program, the student should submit the syllabus to the Graduate Program Director or Sociology Department Chair for review to confirm that the specific section of the course is oriented towards research methodology.

Workshops

Certificate students must participate in a minimum of two of the Social Science Research Center's (SSRC) regularly offered workshops that complement their elective courses.


 

 

SOC 402

STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Introduction to quantitative and statistical reasoning in the social sciences, quantitative data analysis, and computer software.

SOC 412

DATA ANALYSIS

The implementation of a research project. Analytic techniques, data processing and the preparation of a written research report.
Prerequisites:
SOC 411 is a prerequisite for this class.

SOC 450

ADVANCED STATISTICS I

Advanced Statistics I (cross-Listed As Psy 410)

SOC 411

SOCIAL RESEARCH

This course focuses on the logic of sociological inquiry, ethical issues of research, the various methods social scientists use, and research in applied settings. For Sociology MA students only.
Prerequisites:
Status as a SOC Graduate student is a prerequisite for this class.

SOC 413

QUALITATIVE METHODS

An examination of qualitative methods in sociology: data collection and analysis, field research, life histories, unobtrusive measures and visual methods employing video and film equipment are emphasized.

SOC 417

ETHNOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY FILM PRODUCTION

This course imparts the art, craft, and discipline behind the making of sociological ethnographic documentary films. Throughout the course students learn ethnographic concepts and methods, develop film criticism faculties, and build a film production skill set.

SOC 418

DOCUMENTARY FILMS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES

This course critically examines the history of documentary filmmaking and criticism in the social sciences and humanities. Students analyze documentary films created by social scientists and non-social scientists over the past 100 years.

SOC 422

URBAN AND COMMUNITY ANALYSIS

Quantitative analysis of urban issues including social-area analysis, patterns of segregation, neighborhood change, and other selected topics.

SOC 423

RESEARCH ON URBAN CULTURES

Ethnological approach to urban life stressing the qualitative analysis and evaluation of different types of urban communities, community organizations, and urban life styles.

SOC 451

HEALTH POLICY ANALYSIS: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

In this course, we will learn and discuss the foundations of international health policy analysis by engaging in health policy analysis. In an international comparative context, we will study the relationship bewtween social organization, knowledge about health and illness, the development of health policies and the resulting health and illness outcomes.

SOC 493

VISUAL SOCIOLOGY

A sociological view of documents that record social reality. These documents primarily include photographs but can also include paintings and sculpture.