Week 1 Lecture Notes - Social Research
Week 1 Lecture Notes - Social Research SOCIOL 2950 - 01
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826 Notes week 1 What is social research the systematic and empirical exploration of human social life Key components of definition 0 Exploration the work of answering questions we don39t yet have the answer to 0 Systematic the process of research is structured organized planned logical 0 Empirical research is based on evidence or data not opinions and hunches Bases of Knowledge 0 At its core social research is a way of knowing about the social world and social lives 0 Besides research how else might one know about the worldsocial lives 0 social media personal experience experience of others school newspapernews gov39t docs activists family law enforcement Knowledge from authorities socially defined sources of knowledge generally agreed upon as appropriate or legitimate sources of information we consider school newspaper gov39t and family as authority there are strengths and weaknesses with different types of authority Knowledge from personal experiences advantages of personal experience as a basis of knowledge is contextualized amp embodied Problems with relying on personal experience 1 We overgeneralize based from our N of 1 assume our experience reflects quottruthquot for others 2 We tend to practice selective perception we perceive what we have been conditioned to perceive eg distribution of housework is considered fair by most women and men even though the women do almost all of it in their homes 3 We tend to practice premature closure we stop searching once we have an answer we like or that is consistent with our views Scientific Process a way of knowing about the world 1 Formulate research question 2 Prepare research design 3 Collect data 4 Analyze and Interpret data WKS Clubs and the Racial Campus Climate Concepts Research Qs RaceRacial diversity Do nondiverse organizations increase or Diversity of groups decrease interracial friendships Homophilly interracial friendship Does campus diversity increase interracial Propinquity friendships
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