SOAN 2120: Introductory Methods

University of Guelph 

College of Social and Applied Human Sciences 

Department of Sociology and Anthropology 

SOAN 2120: Introductory Methods 



Instructor: David Walters 


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Office: MacKinnon (MAC) 614 

Office Hours: TBA 




Course Prerequisites: ANTH 1150, SOC 1100, or SOC 1500 


Course Objectives: 

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to research methodology in the social sciences. This class will cover both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research. Topics that we will cover include: qualitative interviews, field research (participant observation) ethical issues in social research, experimental designs versus survey research, qualitative and quantitative sampling, measures of central tendency and dispersion, hypothesis testing, and inferential statistics. 



Midterm test #1: 25% 

Midterm test #2: 25% 

Assignment: 20% 

Final exam: 30% 


Required Text: 

  • Neuman, Lawrence W. (2011), Basics of Social Research methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approach: Second Custom Edition. Edited by Melinda Vasily, Laura Wright, and David Walters. Pearson Education – Allyn and Bacon. 

Statistical Software: 

The qualitative methods software that we will be using in this class is NVIVO. The statistical software package that we will be using in this class is SPSS (statistical package for the social sciences). SPSS is available (Windows only) in the computing lab at the 

University of Guelph (Mack 028). It is also available for purchase through the university