METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH

 

This course is primarily designed to introduce students from various disciplines to the various research methods used in social sciences.

One of the primary objectives of this certificate course is to enable the students to conceptualize, formulate and conduct research projects.

This course will definitely help the students from the streams of social sciences, humanities and management studies to pursue their dissertation work at Post Graduate level.

In addition, this will give a clear understanding to the students from the science streams about the different methods used in social sciences.

In order to ensure this, the students will be familiarized in a practical manner with the process of research, methods and tools that are widely used in social sciences.

As a practical component of this course, students will be divided into groups and encouraged to prepare a survey report of their choice using a suitable method of research.

 

Methods of Social Research

Hours 45 / Credits 2

Objective: To introduce students to the various methods of research that are used by Social Scientists. One of the primary objectives of this Certificate program is to enable the students to conceptualize, formulate and conduct research projects. In order to ensure this the students are familiarized with the research process and the methods and the tools that are widely used. In a practical component of this course the students are encouraged to implement what they have learnt.

 

Unit I: Introduction to Social Research Methods - 15 hours
1.    Social Research: Significance
2.    Qualitative and Quantitative research
3.    Research Design

 

Unit II: Data Collection - 15 hours
1.    Types of data
2.    Sampling Techniques
3.    Methods:
a.    Interview
b.    Questionnaire
c.    Observation: Participant and non Participant

 

Unit III: Interpretation of data and Analysis - 10 hours
1.    Tabulation of data
2.    Interpretation and Analysis

 

Unit IV: Report writing - 05 hours

Text books:
1.    Babbie,Earl. The Basics of Social Research. London: Wadsworth Publications: 2002

 

 

Programmes
Open Electives