Goals for Semester
- Zero-in on interesting (to you and in general), do-able project and carry out background work necessary to be prepared to go into the field (or equivalent) in the summer.
- Substantive Background
- Analysis of Sociological Questions
- Theoretical Bootstrapping
- Human Subjects Review Proposal
Luker, Kristin. 2008. Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences: Research in an Age of Info-glut. Harvard University Press, Cambridge (ISBN: 0674031571). (See also ABEBOOKS).
Lipson, Charles . 2005. How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (See also ABEBOOKS).
1.20 Introduction and Getting Under Way
We will hit the ground running, working on two fronts simultaneously. First, we will be carrying out a rapid replication of two published research studies. Second, we will begin to brainstorm about possible topics for our own research.
For the replication studies, we'll split the class up into two groups, one for each project. Within the groups, there will be a division of labor: all team members will contribute to some tasks, while other tasks will be assigned to different team members. One team member will be the principal investigator responsible for coordinating the team's work.
The brainstorming will follow a designated program. The point of this is (1) to be systematic, and (2) to be low stress.
Pedagogically, the logic of this approach is that it's best to see how something is done before attempting to do it solo, that we can learn a lot from one another, and that chewing on big questions like "what's my thesis on?" is best done slowly and perhaps not on center stage.
READ (["How to do an annotation" Annotation] to be completed prior to seminar meeting)
Rossi, Alice S. 1965. "Naming Children in Middle-Class Families." ''American Sociological Review, Vol. 30,'' No. 4, pp. 499-513.
Robert M Emerson. 2008. "Responding to Roommate Troubles: Reconsidering Informal Dyadic Control." ''Law & Society Review. Vol. 42,'' Iss. 3; p. 483-512.
Discussion and Workshop
What do we know about creating a sociological research question? Creating an online survey? Creating an interview guide?
In Class Work
Today we will divide up into teams one for the ["Roommate Trouble Project"] and one for the ["Baby Naming Project"] and assign initial tasks and create a project time line. Each student will have specific duties to carry out over the next week. Initial tasks will include drafting interview guides and online surveys, writing up human subjects materials, doing background reading for lit review, and thinking about sampling and recruitment of subjects.
["Home Work Proseminar" For Next Week]
Gmail, sign up for wiki, create your own class member page, carry out your first task.
1.27 Heading into the Field
Assignments per division of labor for replication projects.
Brainstorm forms filled out or blogged
Luker, Chs. 1-4 (about 75 pages)
Luker, Appendix One: "What to Do If You Don’t Have a Case"
["Protips" PROTIP # 1: How to get the most out of your reading time]
["Protips" PROTIP # 2: How to summarize and critique a reading]
How to use online databases (Soc Abstracts, Google scholar, and more)
Practice Interviewing. Borrow ["How to use Zoom H2 Recorder" digital audio recorder] from AV Services. Assignment: record, upload, transcribe.
Assignment: 5 minute interview with classmate about work done on project this week and then upload MP3 transcribe and write up the notes.
2.3 The Useful Writing of an Interesting Literature Review
["Protips" PROTIP # 4: How to write a literature review]
Luker, ch. 5 "Reviewing the Literature"
From annotated bibliographies to literature reviews.
Constructing our calendar/timeline.
Project Bibliography (25 sources)
Final topics (1 page) and Project Timeline
Workshop:: How to conduct a qualitative interview
2.17 Let Someone Else Collect Your Data
The payoff in social science comes from the analysis and interpretation of data, not its collection. The latter can take up a disproportionate amount of time, especially for beginners. Today we talk about strategies for avoiding the pitfall, most notably, by using data collected by others.
(Quantitative Survey Data Analysis): Paper based on GSS
General Social Survey (GSS) intro in computer lab
SEMINARStudent 1 and Student 2
2.24 Field Work and Ethnography
Annotated Bibliography (10 sources)
How to do ethnographies
Student 3 and Student 4
3.3 Using the Logic We Learned about in Methods Class
Substantive Background Essay (5 pages)
Luker, Ch. 6 "On Sampling, Operationalization, and Generalization"
Zerubavel, E. ''The Clockwork Muse''
Working with U.S. Census data
3.10 Three Flavors of Ethics
The three flavors refer to our three basic responsibilities. Do no harm. Get it right. Know whom you work for.
Essay: Description of the pros and cons of three potential research methods (5-6 pages)
Luker Ch. 7 "Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty" in which the author says it's time to get this show on the road…
Social Location and Research Ethics
3.17 Try It Out
HSRB applications (if applicable)
Field Work TBA
Luker, Ch. 8 "Field (and Other) Methods" Participant Observation, Interviews, Focus Groups, Content Analysis
Complete Preliminary Research (interviews, tables, etc.)
Write-Up of Pilot Study and Preliminary Data Analysis
Human Subjects Appendix with committee response
Luker Ch. 9 "Historical-Comparative Methods"
Luker Ch. 10 "Data Reduction and Analysis"
4.21 Visualizing Theories and Data
Rough Draft of Zeroth Draft (which is due next week)
Charts and Tables
4.28 Nearly There
["Deliverables — Proseminar" Full Zeroth Draft Due]
PROTIP # 5: How to present a paper or discussion at a professional meeting
5.5 Wrapping Up and Looking Forward
Presentation in Electronic Form
Project Presentations 1-6
Sign up to bring food
Project Presentations 7-12
Sign up to bring food
Annual Review Exercise
INITIAL WRITING EXERCISE
See Luker Appendix 3 for an example of annotated bibliography