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Soc 110 Week 3 Notes

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Soc 110 Week 3 Notes SOC 110

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Introduction to Sociology
Elizabeth Legerski
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Date Created: 02/15/16
Week Three Notes 2/8  Can social phenomena be studied “scientifically?” 1. No, people are too random or yes, people are predictable 2. Another both/and issues  Research Process : Report findings and peer review -> Choose issues and define problems -> Review the literature /\ | | \/ Collect and analyze data -> Design project, operationalize variables-> Develop Hypothesis  Design and Operationalization: 1. Ex: what is love?  Conceptualization- define concepts  Operationalization- design measures 2. Ex: are moral values more important to republican or democratic voters?  Research Models: 1. Quantitative  Deductive (start with theory)  Surveys, opinions polls, secondary data, experiments  Large samples 2. Qualitative  Inductive (start with observations)  Ethnographies, interviews, focus groups, historical, content analysis  Small sample  Experiments: 1. Independent variable (cause) -> dependent variable (effect/outcome) 2. Ex: using field experiments to study discrimination 3. Benefits: control variables, replicable 4. Disadvantages: can’t control for everything ethics  Some Challenges: 1. Is perfect predictability possible?  No, but we can establish probability 2. Difficult to establish causality  Correlation doesn’t equal causation 3. Must avoid overstating the results  Ex: study of GPA, gender, and drinking 2/10  Organizations and Power 1. Networks shape our access to organizations  Tend to be homogenous  Reproduce inequalities 2. Organizations take on the characteristics of the people who fill the positions within it 3. Ex: Kanter, gendered nature of corporations facilitates harassment, pay gap, glass ceiling  Field work 1. Types: participant observation, ethnography, and in-depth interview  Participant observation: participate in organization pretending to be a participant in order to study the group  Ethnography: open about being a researcher and studies a group  In-depth interview: asks direction questions  Ex: gender play (studies how boys and girls play out genders) 2. Benefits: great detail, provides real voices, and meanings of things 3. Disadvantages: hard to generalize due to small sample size  Surveys 1. Ex: stressed out freshman 2. Sampling is key- should be truly “random” (equal probability of selection), systematic 3. Benefits: can sample many people, allows generalizability 4. Disadvantages: easily corrupted, hard to interpret 5. Ex: answer options matter (how you ask the question)  Secondary analysis: 1. Use existing data sources-like the Census, General 2. Ex: American Community Survey 3. Benefits: cheap and lots of data 4. Disadvantages: no control over content  Content Analysis: 1. Use existing “texts” (might include visual or audio content, ect.) 2. Benefits: can quantitatively analyze qualitative characteristics 3. Disadvantages: biases in coding  More Challenges: 1. Maintaining objectivity 2. Is it possible to completely remove our values, ideals, beliefs? 3. Avoiding bias  Do our best to be value neutral 4. Ethic concerns  Institutional review boards (IRB), monitor projected subjects


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