Brandeis University

    SOC 18A: Observing the Social World: Doing Qualitative Sociology

    Instructor: Kaitie Chakoian
    Prerequisites: May not be taken for credit by students who took SOC 118a in prior years.
    Course Description: <b>This course will be a Zoom-based "Remote Learning" course for Summer 2022</b><br> </br>”Observation is the basis of social inquiry. What we see – and by extension, what we overlook or choose to ignore – guides our understanding of social life. This class focuses on how to conduct a qualitative research study, including literature review, participant observation, in-depth interviews, and coding and analysis.”This is an experiential learning course. To learn how to do qualitative research, you have to experience actually doing it! In addition to weekly readings and class discussions, students will be practicing the different elements of qualitative research that we discuss here. Each week you are expected to engage in a research assignment outside of class time on a topic of your choosing. You will present on your experiences engaging in research every week. The graded papers in this class build off your research assignments so that, in the final paper, you are able to propose a full research project. You will not complete a full research project in this class. There is not enough time in one semester to learn research methods, propose a study, do an IRB protocol, gather & analyze data, and write up your findings. Instead, you will learn how to do a research project. You are encouraged to continue with your research in subsequent semesters through independent studies, summer projects, and senior theses.
    Session: Session I
    Day: M, T, W, Th
    Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Credit Hours: 4 Credits
    Course Format: "Remote Learning" Course for Summer 2022
    Brandeis Graduation Requirement Fulfilled: SS, DL
    Enrollment Limit:
    Course Classification: Undergraduate Level Course
    Course Tuition: $3,290
    Course Fees: None
    Open to High School Students: Yes