Course Information: 
                                HS 505: Research Methods in Social Sciences   (3-1-0-8)

                                Even Semester of the academic year 2009-2010
                                Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
                                Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
               Scope and objectives of social research: Theory, facts, data; objectivity in social research; Research Design: Typologies of Research Design; formulation of research problem; hypothesis; Methods of Social Research: Quantitative research; questionnaire, schedule, survey, sampling, measurement; Qualitative research: Observation; interview method, case study, content analysis, PRA/PLA techniques; Analysis and Interpretation of Data: Quantative, Qualitiative, Statistical methods in social research, Report Writing.


C. Steve and P. Mcneill, Research Methods, Routledge, 2005

T. May, Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process, Open University Press, 2001

E. Babbie,  Adventures in Social Research, 1998, Sage.

A. Bryman and Cramer, Quantitative data analysis for social scientist, Routledge, 1990.

G. Morgan (eds), Beyond Method: Strategies for Social Research, Sage, 1988.

M.N Srinivas, A.M.Shah and E.A. Ramaswamy (eds), Field worker and the Field: Problems and Challenges in Sociological 7.Investigation, Oxford University Press, 1979.

W.G Goode and P.K.Hatt, Methods in Social Research, N.Y, 1952.

P. V Young, Scientific Social Surveys and Research, PHI, 1966

Class Timings and Classroom:
                             Monday:       11.00-11.55 a.m.
                             Thursday:     10.00-10.55a.m.
                             Friday:          11.00 a.m.-12.55 p.m.
                             Room Number: 1001

Grading Policy:

                            Quiz/Assignments: 20 marks
                            Mid-semester examination: 30 marks
                            Final examination: 50 marks
                            Your grade will be based on your score out of these 100 marks.