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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: A junior social science course is recommended but not required.
Precluded Course: PSYC 304. SOSC 366 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for PSYC 304.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
TELUQ equivalency: SOC 1013.
Télé-université du Québec equivalency
SOSC 366 is not available for challenge.
Welcome to Social Science 366: Research Methods in the Social Sciences. This course is designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the limits and potentials of social science research, and for those who intend to research social phenomena scientifically.
Social Science 366 is intended to facilitate your awareness of the research process and your ability to conduct research in an ethical and thorough manner using appropriate research strategies. This course has technical and critical components. This means understanding the course requires a good grasp of many technical concepts and processes and applying these concepts to the study of social phenomena.
Social Science 366: Research Methods in the Social Sciences has been designed to help you achieve the following course objectives:
Social Science 366: Research Methods in the Social Sciences comprises 16 units:
Students must achieve an overall passing grade of 60% in the course. In addition, students must obtain a passing grade of 60% on all written assignments. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Most of the course materials for SOSC 366 are available online through the myAU portal. There are also four textbooks and a printed Reading File, and these will be sent to you before your course start date.
Babbie, E., & Benaquisto, L. (2010). Fundamentals of social research (2nd Canadian ed.) Toronto, ON: Nelson Education. (eText)
Neuman, W. L., & Robson, K. (2015). Basics of social research: Qualitative and quantitative approaches (3rd Canadian ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson. (eText)
Simon, J. L. (2009). The art of empirical investigation. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
Tensen, B. L. & Hampson, K. (2010). Mastering digital research: A guide for students. Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.
Kastner, J. (Producer & Director). (1998). Ask a silly question [Streaming Video]. Toronto: CBC Enterprises.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 6, September 9, 2016.
Updated April 03, 2019 by Student & Academic Services