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About this course: Discover the principles of solid scientific methods in the behavioral and social sciences. Join us and learn to separate sloppy science from solid research! This course will cover the fundamental principles of science, some history and philosophy of science, research designs, measurement, sampling and ethics. The course is comparable to a university level introductory course on quantitative research methods in the social sciences, but has a strong focus on research integrity. We will use examples from sociology, political sciences, educational sciences, communication sciences and psychology.

Created by:   University of Amsterdam
  • Taught by:    Annemarie…

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About this course: Discover the principles of solid scientific methods in the behavioral and social sciences. Join us and learn to separate sloppy science from solid research! This course will cover the fundamental principles of science, some history and philosophy of science, research designs, measurement, sampling and ethics. The course is comparable to a university level introductory course on quantitative research methods in the social sciences, but has a strong focus on research integrity. We will use examples from sociology, political sciences, educational sciences, communication sciences and psychology.

Created by:   University of Amsterdam
  • Taught by:    Annemarie Zand Scholten, Assistant Professor

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Basic Info Course 1 of 5 in the Methods and Statistics in Social Sciences Specialization. Commitment 8 weeks, 4-5 hours/week Language English, Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified) How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.7 stars Average User Rating 4.7See all 133 reviews Course 1 of Specialization Critically Evaluate Social Science Research and Analyze Results Using R. In 5 courses, learn to recognize sloppy science, perform solid research and do appropriate data analysis. Methods and Statistics in Social Sciences University of Amsterdam Learn More Coursework

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WEEK 1


Before we get started...
In this first module we'll consider the basic principles of the scientific method, its history and its philosophies. But before we start talking methods, I'll give you a broad sense of what the course is about and how it's organized. Are you new to Coursera or... 


2 videos, 9 readings expand

Origins of the scientific method
Science is all about gaining knowledge, coming up with the best possible explanations of the world around us. So how do we decide which explanation is the best one? How do we make sure our explanations are accurate? How do we determine we actually know someth... 


14 videos, 9 readings, 1 reading expand

WEEK 2


The Scientific Method
In the first module we discussed how the scientific method developed, general philosophical approaches and the types of knowledge science aims to find. In this second module we'll make these abstract principles and concepts a little more concrete by discussing... 


13 videos, 8 readings, 1 reading expand
Graded: Scientific Method

WEEK 3


Research Designs
In the previous module we discussed the empirical cycle, causality and the criteria for methodological quality, focusing on threats to internal validity. In this module we'll consider the most frequently used research designs and we'll see how they address thr... 


15 videos, 8 readings expand
Graded: Research Designs

WEEK 4


Measurement
Choosing a design is only the first step in the deduction phase (remember the empirical cycle?). The second step is deciding on specific ways to measure the variables of interest and disinterest. This step is extremely important, because even if we are able ... 


14 videos, 6 readings expand
Graded: Measurement

WEEK 5


Sampling
In the previous two modules we discussed research designs and methods to measure and manipulate our variables of interest and disinterest. Before a researcher can move on to the testing phase and can actually collect data, there is just one more procedure that... 


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Graded: Sampling

WEEK 6


Practice, Ethics & Integrity
In this last content module we will focus on the part of the research process that follows data collection. The specifics of storing data and using statistics form a course topic in their own right (see the specialization courses on Basic and Inferential Stati... 


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Graded: Practice, Ethics & Integrity

WEEK 7


Catch Up
In this module there's no new material to study. The only requirement in this module is that you finish up the final peer review assignment. We also advise you to take some extra time to review the material from the previous modules and to practice for the fin... 


3 videos, 1 reading, 2 readings expand
Graded: Final Writing Assignment - (Evaluative)

WEEK 8


Exam Time!
This is the final module, where you can apply everything you've learned until now in the final exam. The final exam is structured exactly like the practice exam, so you know what to expect. Please note that you can only take the final exam once a month, so mak... 


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Graded: Final Exam

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