HS350 Social Science Research and Evaluation

Prerequisite: HS 201, MA 107, and MA 121.

An introduction to the principal types of research performed by social and behavioral scientists, and especially human services professionals, in discharging their responsibilities. Applied research is emphasized more than pure research. Methods studied include survey techniques, field research, use of descriptive and inferential statistics, simulation modeling, the development of social science hypotheses based on literature reviews, experiments, participant observation, comparative studies, historical analyses, and the measurement and evaluation of programsí effects and outcomes. Ethical issues regarding behavioral research with human subjects will also be reviewed. Each student will design and carry out a research project. A library component is included.

3 Credit Hours