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SOC 482 Practicum in Social Research

Prerequisite: SOC 260 and SOC 261 or permission of the instructor. (Second semester/4 credits)

Students apply social science research skills in projects undertaken independently or under the auspices of the Center for Community Research, working with local agencies on research that meets community-identified needs. Independent research and individual meetings with the instructor and/or agency staff are supplemented by assigned readings and a weekly one-hour class meeting devoted to topics such as using online research resources, writing a literature review, community-based vs. conventional research, questionnaire development, focus groups, and reporting quantitative and qualitative research results.