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SOC 341 Methods of Social Survey Design, Sampling, and Data Analysis (1)

This research methodology course teaches students in sociology and related disciplines the core practices of survey and questionnaire design, sampling, and data analysis. In the first unit of the class, students will develop the ability to design and critique appropriate survey questions; will learn to recognize strategic tradeoffs in survey response options, the organization of questions on a survey, and the visual presentation of survey questions; and they will develop a survey of their own on a topic of their choosing. The second unit of the course will examine the basic principles of representative sampling, as well as the challenges and payoffs of various sampling implementation strategies. During this unit, students will determine an appropriate method and generate sample data of their own using the survey they designed in the first unit. In the final unit of the course, students will learn basic strategies for data organization, summarization, and analysis, including both the generation of statistics and graphical representations appropriate to their data. A written report based on their own survey data will be the final project for the course.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Mathematical Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Niño, Strawn