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.
Two core courses are required:
- A statistics or quantitative analysis class. This requirement is met by taking at least one of the following courses:
- SOC 411 SOCIAL RESEARCH (This class also includes the requirement of obtaining an online certificate in the protection of human subjects - currently offered through the DePaul Institutional Review Board [IRB] and Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative [CITI].)
* Students will be placed in the appropriate quantitative/statistics class on the basis of their graduate and undergraduate work.)
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.
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.
STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Introduction to quantitative and statistical reasoning in the social sciences, quantitative data analysis, and computer software.
The implementation of a research project. Analytic techniques, data processing and the preparation of a written research report.
SOC 411 is a prerequisite for this class.
ADVANCED STATISTICS I
Advanced Statistics I (cross-Listed As Psy 410)
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.
Status as a SOC Graduate student is a prerequisite for this class.
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.
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.
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.
URBAN AND COMMUNITY ANALYSIS
Quantitative analysis of urban issues including social-area analysis, patterns of segregation, neighborhood change, and other selected topics.
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.
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.
A sociological view of documents that record social reality. These documents primarily include photographs but can also include paintings and sculpture.