This course is designed to provide an overview of research methods in the field of family studies. Topics covered include 1) hypothesis formulation and theory construction, 2) the measurement of social variables, and 3) data collection techniques (observational, survey, and experimental). Teaching and learning in the context of this class will be multidimensional. You will learn about research methods through lecture, discussion, documentary films, simulation and/or fieldwork. Through these alternative pedagogical strategies, this class will work as a learning community to explore the social structures in which American families are embedded and the methods used to understand the effects of those structural opportunities and constraints.
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