SOCIAL SCIENCE 200
RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
M 12:20 PM - 2:25 PM
W 12:20 PM - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: SF 102
Shelley Aronoff | email firstname.lastname@example.org
phone 818/240-1000, x5763
office location: SF 100 K
SPRING 2016 OFFICE HOURS
M,T: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
W, TH: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
F: 1:00 PM - 2 PM, ONLINE
Social Science 200 is a lecture and laboratory course focusing on the nature of theory and the principles of descriptive and inferential research. Topics covered in the course include: an analysis of the scientific method, research design, ethical principles, internal and external validity, and scientific writing. The course is built around the application of these topics in a laboratory environment.
Class ID: 11671697
Enrollment Password: 2624
Think. Investigate. Create.
The cultivation of independence and active learning allows students to develop meta-cognitive skills (knowing when and how to use particular strategies for learning or for problem solving) that will help you frame, tackle, and solve problems, evaluate and improve your own work, and guide your learning process in productive ways.
This class is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about and practice higher order thinking skills, including:
• Critical thinking
• Problem solving
• Oral and written communication
• Information retrieval and analysis
These skills are in high demand by employers and prepare students to succeed in our knowledge-based economy.
As a way to introduce and apply these skills, students will collaborate on a semester-length team project; use written communication in essay and journal assignments; practice oral communication in classroom discussions and team project planning; and present project findings on the final day of class.
Assignments are designed to engage students in higher level thought processes, including the capacity to approach tasks strategically, hypothesize, predict, evaluate, integrate, and synthesize ideas. Students will be given an opportunity to practice important skills throughout the semester, and will be expected to:
• Apply evidence-based solutions
• Evaluate results
• Use new ideas
• Cultivate creativity
• Connect to prior knowledge and experience
• Discover through experience
Beyond the mastery of course content, an important goal of this class is to encourage students to learn not only why and how things work, but what they can do to improve them.
From: Darling-Hammond, Linda. The Flat World and Education. Teacher's College Press, New York: 2010.