Course Contents

Course Code and Title: SOS 305-Research Methods and Techniques I

Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Year and Semester: Third year, Autumn
Course Length: One semester, 3 hours lectures per week
Prerequisite(s): None
Language of Instruction: Turkish
Course Credits: 3 0 3
ECTS Credits: 8
Lecturer: Dr. Birsen Şahin
Course Contents: The course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of quantitative research method, to its characteristics, to its history, to the fields where it is used, to the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods, and to the application process of the quantitative research method. Moreover the course introduces for discussion varies published works related to quantitative research method. The course also acquaints the students with the preparation of a project where the students will be using the quantitative research method.
Course Objectives:
At the end of the semester the students will learn the conceptual framework of the quantitative research method, its characteristics, its application process, and will be able to apply this theoretical information to research survey.
Teaching Method: Lectures, discussions, individual or group work, presentations.
Assessment Method:Mid-term exam (25%), a research project (25%) and final exam (50%)
Recommended Reading:
Cole, S. (1999), Sosyolojik Düşünme Yöntemi, Ankara: Vadi Yay. (trans. Bekir Demirkol)
Güven, S.(1991) Toplumbilimlerinde Araştırma Yöntemleri, Bursa: Ezgi Kitabevi Yay.
Punch, K. F. (1998), Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative & Qualitative Approaches, London: Sage Publications
Punch, K.F. (2005), Sosyal Araştırmalara Giriş: Nicel ve Nitel Yaklaşımlar, Ankara: Siyasal Kitabevi, (trans. D.Bayrak, H.B.Aslan, Z.Akyüz)
Vaus, D.A. (1990) Surveys in Social Research, 2nd edition, London: Unwin Hyman

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