Professor: Brikena Balli
Room: Turn-it-in Class ID: 5690081
Turn-it-in Enrollment Password: brikenaballi E-mail:
Office Hours: By appointment

Course Description

This class will focus on the methodology and diverse methods that researchers employ to conduct social scientific research. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different approaches to conducting social research. By the end of this course students should have a greater understanding of scientific foundation of social research, link between theory and research, selection of research topic, the process of collecting, analyzing and interpreting the data, as well as writing a report of the research study.

Course requirements and evaluation of performance:

  1. Presentation:
  2. Class presence and active participation:
  3. Midterm Examination:
  4. Final Exam:

10% of the final grade; 10% of the final grade;

25% of the final grade 25 % of the final grade

30% of the final grade

Required Text:
Neuman, W. Laurence. 2011. Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. 7th ed.

Boston, MA: Pearson.
Harrison, Lisa. 2001. Political Research: An Introduction. New York: Routledge.

Participation: Participation extends beyond mere attendance. Expect your instructor to keep track of how often you contribute to class discussion (as a whole). You may miss up to three classes without penalty – your first two absences count whether you have a good excuse or not. Each absence beyond the first three will cost you points off of your participation grade. The only exceptions to this rule are severe illness (doctor’s note required) and UNYT approved trips/activities. Appropriate documentation for absences beyond the first three is necessary the class day directly before or after the one you miss. In general: Missing class could seriously affect your grade! Students who miss class are expected to collect materials from their classmates or see the instructor. University’s policy is that if a student is absent for more than 20% of the course (i.e. 9 hours), then ‘F’ will be the grade awarded for the course.

General Requirements

Late assignments and absence from tests will not be tolerated. In the event of illness or emergency, contact your instructor IN ADVANCE to determine whether special arrangements are possible. The University’s rules on academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, submitting false information) will be strictly enforced. Please familiarize yourself with the STUDENT HONOUR CODE.

The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus that do not affect the total amount of work required by students.

Evaluation Table:

Letter Grade


Generally Accepted Meaning

D- 60-62 F 0-59

Excellent Good, above average

73-76 Acceptable 70-72

67-69 63-66

Significantly below average

Failing grade

Course Design

October 18 Introduction

October 25

Religious Holiday: No Classes

November 1

Why Do Research?

Neuman; pp 1-23

Theory and Research

Neuman; pp 57-88
Tilly, Charles. 2004. “Observations of Social Processes and Their Formal Representations.” Sociological Theory, 22(4): 595-602.

The Meanings of Methodology

Neuman; pp 91-118
Gerring, John. 2004. “What is a Case Study and What is it Good for?” The American Political Science Review, 98(2): 341-354.

Literature Review

Neuman; 124- 160

National Holiday: No Classes MID-TERM EXAM

In-class exam

Strategies of Research Design

Neuman; pp 164-193
King, Gary, Robert O. Keohane and Sidney Verba. 1995. “The Importance of Research Design in Political Science.” The American Political Science Review, 89(2): 475-481.

Qualitative and Quantitative Measurements

Neuman; pp 199-239
Research in Political Science: Qualitative Analysis Harrison; pp 73-86

December 21 — January 06 Christmas HOLIDAYS

Qualitative and Quantitative Sampling Newman: pp. 240-274

Quantitative Data Collection: Survey Research

November 3 Major Types of Social Research

November 8

November 15

November 22

November 29 December 06

December 13

December 20

January 10 January 12

Neuman; pp 25-53

January 17

January 24

January 26

January 31

February 07

Qualititative Data Collection: Field Research and Historical-Comparative Research
Neuman; pp 420-503

Quantitative Data Analysis

Neuman; 383-416
Johnson, R. Burke & Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie. 2004. “Mixed Methods Research: A Research Paradigm Whose Time Has Come.” Educational Researcher, 33(7): 14- 26.

Qualitative Data Analysis

Neuman: 508-539 FINAL PAPER DUE

Resources in Political Research & Writing the Research Report Harrison; pp 105-137
Neuman; 543-572
Harrison; pp 141-152

Adcock, Robert and David Collier. 2001. “Measurement Validity: A Shared Standard for Qualitative and Quantitative Research.” The American Political Science Review, 95(3): 529-546.


Neuman; pp 309-352


Course Program: ESC.

Scheduele: Thursday 13:00 – 17:00

Instructor: Brikena Balli