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Pamela Oliver
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Professor Pamela Oliver

Department of Sociology

Sociology 357 Methods of Social Inquiry

Lecture Notes & Other Course Materials

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Week 1 lectures (Variables, propositions, operationalization, observation) Week 2 lectures (Experiments, Questionnaires, logic of experiments) Week 3 Lectures (Questionnairs, Reliability Analysis, Sampling) Week 4 Materials (Ethics, Qualitative Research) Study Guides for Final

Right Click to Download file, left click to view on line. The "lecture slides" are copies of the slides used in class. The "longer notes" are related to the slides, but are different. The PDF files were created with version 5 of Adobe Acrobat. You can download the latest version from the menu. The DOC files of slides are exported from PowerPoint in a particular format I do not control. Links in the same box are different formats of the same material. Links in different boxes are different: slides are not the same as longer notes.

Topic

Longer Notes

Lecture Slides
Week 1 Lectures    
Introduction to Social Science Research. July 12.

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RTF file

PDF file
DOC file
Outline Only

Basic concepts (variables, propositions, operationalization). July 12-13.

PDF file
DOC file

PDF file
DOC file
Outline Only

Additional examples of units of analysis and variables July 12-13 PDF file
RTF file
 
Logic of Hypothesis Testing July 14-15   PDF file
DOC file
Outline Only
Doob & Gross logic (copy of chalk board work): AVAILABLE AFTER CLASS ON JULY 13

D&G logic PDF for printing
D& G logic PDF for viewing on line

 
Observation Exercise Notes. July 14-15 see exercise handout PDF file
DOC file
     
Week 2 Lectures    
Logic of Experiments July 19 REVISED   PDF file
More notes on internal validity (same as emailed to class) RTF file  

Neuman, Example of Bad Survey July 21

PDF file ALSO AVAILABLE IN WORKBOOK  
Example Survey from Workbook July 21

PDF file ALSO AVAILABLE IN WORKBOOK

 
Example of Student Survey July 21 & July 26

Questionnaire
Code Sheet
Tables
ALL MATERIALS ALSO AVAILABLE IN WORKBOOK

 
Some notes on Writing Questions July 21

 

PDF file
DOC file
Week 3 Lectures (Reliability Analysis, Sampling)    
Measurement, Reliability, Validity in Questionnaire Exercise. Slides including some in color I copied from someone else. Also a doc file of printout examples, not on slides. July 26 DOC file, copy of some printout tables: examples referred to in slides

PDF color
PDF greyscale
DOC color

NEW: Sampling theory lecture (uses color for some points). Only slides. The big slides show color details for sample type illustration that do not show up well in small copies of the slides. July 28

BIG slides, 1 per page
ONLY THE 12 Sample-Type Slides that don't work small. ALL 35 slides big PDF

Normal 3 per page small slides
PDF color
PDF greyscale
DOC color
     
Week 4 Course Materials    
Identifying causal relations in survey research, reading multivariate statistical tables. August 2.   Statistical Controls for Extraneous Variables PDF handout of slides
Ethics: Links to Ethics statements. August 3
  1. L & S Human Subjects Guidelines
  2. Code of Ethics of the American Sociological Association
  3. Code of Ethics of the American Psychological Association
 
Study Guides for Final

Note that many of the topics referred to in the study guides are treated in more detail in the lecture notes or slides.

 
STUDY GUIDE FOR FINAL - PART 1 PDF file
DOC (MS Word) file
WordPerfect File
 
STUDY GUIDE FOR FINAL - PART 2 PDF file
DOC (MS Word) file
WordPerfect File
 
     
     

 

 

 

 

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