SOC 8890, "Advanced Topics in Research Methods", will be taught by Professor Joe Gerteis spring semester 2010 on Wednesdays 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
SOC8890 Spring 2010
Sociology 8890: Advanced Topics in Research Methods
Prof. Joe Gerteis
Spring Semester 2010, Wednesdays 2:30-5:00 p.m.
In which we shall consider questions of method big and small, including: what it means to do historically oriented research from a social science perspective, how we might see different kinds of archival documents as data, ways we can trace social life in the past from both macro- and micro-sociological perspectives, and why we should rethink what we mean by terms such as "events" and "cases" in our research designs. Along the way we will: count things that have not before been counted, interpret documents from perspectives the authors never intended, and trace changes in social life both extraordinary and prosaic.