Research Methods for Social Sciences

A one-stop, comprehensive, and compact source for foundational concepts in behavioral research.

This course will introduce students to the fascinating and important study of the methods of inquiry in the Social Sciences. Students will learn both the logic behind – and the procedures for – a wide variety of research methods, including correlational and experimental designs.

The course curriculum includes these modules:

  • Chapter 1 Science and Scientific Research
  • Chapter 2 Thinking Like a Researcher
  • Chapter 3 The Research Process
  • Chapter 4 Theories in Scientific Research
  • Chapter 5 Research Design
  • Chapter 6 Measurement of Constructs
  • Chapter 7 Scale Reliability and Validity
  • Chapter 8 Sampling
  • Chapter 9 Survey Research
  • Chapter 10 Experimental Research
  • Chapter 11 Case Research
  • Chapter 12 Interpretive Research
  • Chapter 13 Qualitative Analysis
  • Chapter 14 Quantitative Analysis Descriptive Statistics
  • Chapter 15 Quantitative Analysis Inferential Statistics
  • Chapter 16 Research Ethics

This course is designed to enable students to:

  • identify and discuss the role and importance of research in the social sciences.
  • identify and discuss the issues and concepts salient to the research process.
  • identify and discuss the complex issues inherent in selecting a research problem, selecting an appropriate research design, and implementing a research project.
  • identify and discuss the concepts and procedures of sampling, data collection, analysis and reporting.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • explain key research concepts and issues
  • read, comprehend, and explain research articles in their academic discipline.

The course text book is designed to introduce students to the process of conducting scientific research in the social sciences, business, education, public health, and related disciplines. It is a one-stop, comprehensive, and compact source for foundational concepts in behavioral research, and can serve as a stand-alone text or as a supplement to research readings in any doctoral seminar or research methods class.

Passing Score

In order to complete this course, students need to work through each course lesson & topics and complete all assignments and quizzes. In order to “pass” this course, students need to earn a 67% or higher score on all quizzes and assignments. If student does not pass then one retake can be requested.

Being a self-paced course students can study on their own time. We suggest to go through the course in sequence from the first to the last module.

Faculty & Licensing

Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices. Authored by Prof. Anol Bhattacherjee. Provided by: University of South Florida. Located at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/oa_textbooks/3/. License: CC BY-NC-SA: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.

Post questions and comments in the discussion group or contact the course teacher.

Degree Credits

By completing this course students will earn 5 ECTS credits towards the Ph.D. Degree.

Accreditations & Certificates

A course certificate of completion will be provided.

Admission Requirements

This course can be accessed by Ph.D. Doctorate Degree student.

Contact us for a detailed overview of the course tuition including tuition credits, financial aid and sponsorship options.

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Course Includes

  • 17 Lessons
  • Course Certificate