RESEARCH DESIGN IN THE SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- compare different scientific philosophies in social and behavioral sciences, and the theories and methods of research derived from those philosophies
- define and design theory, hypotheses, constructs, and measurement strategies relevant to scientific inquiry in the social and behavioral sciences
- evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a wide range of research designs in the social and behavioral sciences, and consider the strength of scientific evidence presented by these research activities
Provides an overview of the design and conduct of research in the social and behavioral sciences, as applied to public health. Drawing primarily from the research perspectives and methodologies of sociology, anthropology, and psychology, students examine the formulation of a research question; selection of a research design, study site, and population; and issues and methods of data collection. Evaluates the major types of social sciences research design (experimental, quasi-experimental, observation), and discusses the ways in which each social science perspective shapes the conduct and results of research, compared to other disciplines in public health, such as epidemiology.
Doctoral and master's students
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on a critique of existing research and on a research design.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Two terms biostatistics or consent of instructor. Social or behavioral sciences recommended.
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Disability Support Services
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