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Research Methods in Human Ecology
Description: This course explores how social scientists empirically investigate and quantify behavior within the social world. By the end of the course, students should be able to do the following:
Understand general principles of scientific investigation, as well as specific challenges facing social scientists.
Identify a range of social science research methodologies and what types of research questions each is best suited to address.
Be an informed consumer of research information. You should be able to critically read about research studies in the popular press, and have a basic understanding of research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and be able to explain in broad terms how the research was conducted.
Recognize ethical issues in human subjects research, and be familiar with the institutions in place to prevent unethical research.
Propose and conduct a small original research study, including research design, simple data analysis, and presentation.
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