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Spring 2014 SOC 206 - Intro to Research Methods (3 units)

Section 4705     Begins January 21    Ends May 23

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the primary research methods used by social scientists with an emphasis on the research methodologies of sociology. An integrative approach which includes an understanding of theory, sociological paradigms and scientific logic as these apply to the methodologies used in conducting empirical research. Focus will be on how social research is designed, conducted and analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. Major sociological research studies will be critiqued.

  • Prerequisites: Must complete SOC 200 with a minimum grade of C.
  • Recommended preparation: MTH 220 with a minimum grade of C. The basic ability to perform statistical analysis is highly recommended.

Section 4705 is an online course with MANDATORY ON-GROUND MEETINGS.  Meetings will be held Saturdays, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in RM 4135 on the following dates: 1/25, 2/22, 3/29, 4/26. Log in the first day of class (1/21). 

  • Instructor:  V. Varela
  • Email:
    After the class has started, please use Etudes Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information:
    • Required: Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation 4th (fourth) Edition by Chambliss, Daniel F., Schutt, Russell K. published by SAGE Publications, Inc (2012), ISBN: 9781452217710, Approximate cost new: $90
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 8 to 10 hours per week reading, writing, and taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes the first day of class.
  • Assignments & Tests: There are weekly discussions and quizzes, unit papers, collaborative research project and unit exams.
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the Etudes program. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails, and work independently.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
    Jose A. Garcia
    Student ID: 1021945
    Username = joga21945

Default Password: Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411

You will be prompted to create a "strong" password, if you are a returning student use the same password you previously created.