Course code Soci2048

Credit points 4

Quantitative Research Methods

Total Hours in Course160

Number of hours for lectures32

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours96

Date of course confirmation29.04.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author lect.

Lana Janmere

Mg. sc. soc.

Course abstract

The aim of course is to study the social research quantitative methodology. The main task is to introduce students with empirical social research, with the skills that are necessary for data collection – quantitative data obtaining techniques, how to summarize, to process and to analyze quantitative data. To instruct how to carry out the social research program, how to use research tools. Studying this course students improve theoretical knowledge and training skills in quantitative data processing methods with SPSS software.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge - of empirical social studies, with an emphasis on specifics of quantitative data acquisition, processing and analysis methods.
• Skills - quantitative data collection, processing and analysis and the resulting data presentation types. Specific skills in processing of social research quantitative data in SPSS and results analysis.
• Competence - understanding of social processes and their research necessity; to analyse and evaluate sociological researches with quantitative research methodology.

Compulsory reading

1. Neuman W.L. Social research methods. Qualitative and Quantitative approaches. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2011. 631 p.
2. Singh K. Quantitative social research methods. Los Angeles ... [etc.] : Sage Publications, 2007. 431 p.
3. Babbie E., Halley F., Zaino J. Adventures in Social Research. Data Analysis Using SPSS 14.0 and 15.0 for Windows. Thousand Oaks; London ... : New Delhi: Pine Forge Press, 2007. 433 p.
4. Бююлъ А., Цефелъ П. SPSS: искусство обработки информации. Москва, Санкт-Петербург: DiaSoft, 2005. 602 с.

Further reading

1. The SAGE handbook of social research methods. Edited by Alasuutari P., Bickman L., Brannen J. Los Angeles ... [etc.] : SAGE Publications, 2008. 631 p.
2. Questionnaires. Edited by Bulmer M. London [etc.] : SAGE Publications, 2004. Volume 4.
3. Arhipova I., Bāliņa S. Statistika ar Microsoft Excel ikvienam. Rīga: Datorzinību centrs, 1999. 168 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. Journal of the Social Research Association. 2010. ISSN: 1464-5300
2. Organizational Research Methods. Journal of the Research Methods Division of Academy of Management (USA). SAGE Publications. 2010 . ISSN 1094-4281
3. Web Center for Social Research Methods [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 24.03.2014.] Pieejams: http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/