Collective Behavior & Social Movements
This course explores the origins, dynamics, and consequences of social movements. We will examine a wide range of topics including: the emergence of movements, recruitment, interactions between social movements and the general public or political officials, tactics, and the factors contributing to the success and failure of movements..
Statistics for the Social Sciences
This course will provide students with the skills necessary for understanding, interpreting and drawing conclusions from statistical analysis of data. We will cover univariate and bivariate statistics, including probability and the normal curve; measures of central tendency, variation/dispersion, and confidence intervals; comparing means and proportions for two groups (t-tests); comparing means for more than two groups (ANOVA); correlation, and regression.
Social Research Methods
An introduction to methods of sociological research. This course is designed to help students critically evaluate research and conduct research of your own. Topics covered include the ethics of research, the relationship between theory and research, variables and measurement, causality, types of research (qualitative fieldwork and interviews, content analysis, and quantitative analysis), and the writing of research.