Social Science Research and Proposal Writing Course


Social Science Research and Proposal Writing Course

(Summer 2014)



Days of the week: Thursday & Friday
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 am
Venue: Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Beginning Date: June 19, 2014
Ending Date: September 19, 2014
Total week and days of class: 14 weeks; 28 classes

Course Coordinator: Sudhindra Sharma


Outline of the course

Day 1

Discussion of each participant’s research topic and title in class

Day 2

•    What is research?
•    Research problem
•    Typologies in research – theoretical, applied, etc.
•    Overview of the research process

Walliman, N. (2001) “Research and the Research Problem” (p.5-32) Your Research Project: A Step by Step Guide for the First Time Researcher, London: Sage Publications.

Weidenborner, Stephen; Domenick Caruso & Gary Parks (2005) “Understanding the Research Process” (p.3-8), Writing Research Papers A Guide to the Process, Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Day 3

•    Relationship between theory and research

Lazar, David (2009) “Selected Issues in the Philosophy of Social Science” (p.7-19) Researching Society and Culture Second Edition, Edited by Clive Seale, Sage.

Silverman, David (2009) “Research and Social Theory” (p.47-58) Researching Society and Culture Second Edition, Edited by Clive Seale, Sage

Wallace, Walter L. (2008) “The Logic of Science in Sociology,” (p.35-42) in Social Research Methods: A Reader, Clive Seale (ed), London and New York: Routledge.

 Day 4

Mentors discuss their work and experiences of writing and doing research.

Day 5

Pairing students with mentors

Day 6
 
•    Deciding a topic – various ways of going about it
•    Statement of the problem - formulating the research question
•    Hypothesis formulation

O’Leary, Zina (2004) “Developing Your Research Question” (p.28-41) The Essential Guide to Doing Research, New Delhi: Vistaar Publications.

Weidenborner, Stephen; Domenick Caruso & Gary Parks (2005) “Deciding on a Topic” (p.9-20) Writing Research Papers A Guide to the Process, Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Weidenborner, Stephen; Domenick Caruso & Gary Parks (2005) “Moving from Topic to Hypothesis” (p.21-33) Writing Research Papers A Guide to the Process, Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Day 7

•    How to use the library – general introduction
•    Visiting the Nepa School Library

Weidenborner, Stephen; Domenick Caruso & Gary Parks (2005) “Searching for Sources” (p.35-110) Writing Research Papers A Guide to the Process, Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Presentation by Jagadish Aryal of the Nepa School library.
 
Visiting the Nepa School Library after 9:00 am. Interaction with the librarian at Nepa School.  

Day 8

Statement of the problem and transforming it into research objectives.

Source:

Day 9

Further discussion of formulating the research questions and tying it up with objectives.

Discussion with mentor Bandita Sijapati. Her work on the Madhesi uprising as example.

Day 10

•    Quantitative and qualitative approaches
•    Measurement and scaling
•    Variables – independent, dependant, others.
•    Scales of measurement – nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio.
•    Operationalizing concepts
•    Question of validity and relaibility  

Neuman, Lawrence (2003) “Qualitative and Quantitative Research Designs” (p.137-168) in Social Research Methods, Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Vaus D.A. De (2002) “Developing indicators for concepts” (p.43-57) Surveys in Social Research, NSW: Allen & Unwin

Day 11

Each student discusses his/her statement of the problem and research objectives
Rest of the class provides feedback

Day 12

Each student discusses his/her statement of the problem and research objectives
Rest of the class provides feedback

Day 13

•    Sampling – probability sampling

Neuman, Lawrence (2003) “Qualitative and Quantitative Sampling” (p.210-236) in Social Research Methods, Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Pawan Kumar Sen as a resource person

Day 14

•    Survey – Overview
•    Ways of doing survey – mail, phone, face to face, email, internet
•     Designing the survey questionnaire

Neuman, Lawrence (2003) “Survey Research” (p.263-307) in Social Research Methods, Allyn and Bacon.

Day 15

•    Introduction to review of literature

Walliman, N. (2001) “Information, and How to Deal With It” (p.40-63) Your Research Project: A Step by Step Guide for the First Time Researcher, London: Sage Publications.

O’Leary, Zina (2004) “Working with Literature” (p.66-84) The Essential Guide to Doing Research, New Delhi: Vistaar Publications.

Branley, Duncan (2009) “Doing a Literature Review” (p.145-162) Researching Society and Culture Second Edition, Edited by Clive Seale, Sage.

Day 16

•    Observation – participant & non-participant types
•    Interviews – semi-structured & non-structured

Jones, Liz and Bridget Somekh (2005) “Observation” (p.138-145) in Bridget Somekh and Cathy Lewin (ed.), Research Methods in the Social Sciences, New Delhi: Vistaar Publications.

Bernanrd, Russell (2008) “Participant Observation” (p.342-386 ) Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, New Delhi: Rawat Publications. .

Byrne, Bridget (2009) “Qualitative Interviewing” (p.179-192) Researching Society and Culture Second Edition, Edited by Clive Seale, Sage.

Gerson, Kathleen & Ruth Horowitz (2009) “Observation and Interviewing: Options and Choices in Qualitative Research” (p.199-224) Qualitative Research in Action Edited by Tim May, Sage.  

Day 17

•    Ethnography

Walsh, David (2009) “Doing Ethnography” (p.225-238) Researching Society and Culture Second Edition, Edited by Clive Seale, Sage.  

Angrosino, Michael (2005) Projects in Ethnographic Research. Long Grove. Waveland Press  

Dr. Mukta Tamang as a mentor discussing ethnography.

Day 18

•    Historical and archival research

Gidley, Ben (2009) “Doing Historical and Archival Research” (p.249 - 264) Researching Society and Culture Second Edition, Edited by Clive Seale, Sage.  

Tuchman, Gaye (1994) “Historical Social Science: Methodologies, Methods and Meanings,” (p.306-323) in Norman Denzin and Yvonna Lincoln (eds.), Handbook of Qualitative Research, Sage Publications.

Dr. Pratyoush Onta discussing the methods he prefers.     

Day 19

Tying objectives with methods – students present in class
Rest of the class share their feedback

Day 20

Tying objectives with methods – students present in class
Rest of the class share their feedback

Day 21

Students work with their mentors and complete the proposal including review of literature

Day 22

Students work with their mentors and complete the proposal including review of literature

Day 23

Students work with their mentors and complete the proposal including review of literature

Day 24

Students work with their mentors and complete the proposal including review of literature

Day 25

Research Ethics

Neuman, Lawrence (2003) “The Literature Review and Ethical Concerns” (p.116-136) in Social Research Methods, Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

The Belmont report. Standard for ethical issues in American universities.

Day 26

Student’s presentation in the class

Day 27

Student’s presentation in the class

Day 28

Student’s presentation in the class

Possible mentors:

Dr. Pratyoush Onta
Dr. Bandita Sijapati
Dr. Mukta Singh Lama
Dr. Sambriddhi Kharel
Dr. Rajendra Pradhan
Dr. Sudhindra Sharma