Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Attached documents
Year 2023
Class code A6176
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 月3/Mon.3
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市外濠‐S602
Grade 1~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Category (commenced 2024 onwards)
Category (commenced 2020-2023) 100-level Introductory Courses(入門)
Social Sciences
Category (commenced 2016-2019) 100-level Introductory Courses
Culture and Society

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
This course is designed to provide an introductory overview of social research methods. This course begins with conceptual issues in research, such as how theory is used in the research process and ethical issues in social science research. Then, building blocks of empirical research, such as hypotheses, measurement, reliability, validity, and sampling, are covered. The course also touches on a variety of research approaches, such as survey research, experimental research, content analysis, ethnography, in-depth interviewing, and cognitive interviews. In this course, students will learn how social scientists design social research, collect the data, and conduct the analysis. Details of specific research methods will be covered in more advanced courses, such as “Qualitative Research Methods” and “Quantitative Research Methods."

【到達目標 / Goal】
By the end of this course, students will be able to: (1) identify and describe the key concepts of social research methods (remembering/understanding), (2) apply those concepts to a context different from one in which it was learned (applying), (3) compare and contrast various approaches to social research (analyzing), and (4) choose appropriate research methods to propose a research project of their own (evaluating/creating).

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )
This course is taught primarily through interactive lectures. A variety of active learning techniques, such as in-class writing assignments (one-minute papers), neighbor discussions (think-pair-share), and comment sheets, are used to accommodate the diversity in student learning styles. In-class quizzes are held occasionally so that students understand their own level of understanding of the course materials at the moment. Verbal and written feedback on assignments is given during class discussions and through using other tools as appropriate. Also, feedback for the previous class is given at the beginning of each class. Students are encouraged to visit the instructor during office hours for more personalized feedback.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】
授業形態 / methods of teaching:対面/face to face

回 / No. 各回の授業形態予定 / methods of teachingテーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 オンライン/onlineIntroduction Introduction
2 対面/face to faceLinking Social Science Theory to Research (1): The Elements of Theory What are the purposes for social scientists to use theory? What are the elements of theory?
3 対面/face to faceLinking Social Science Theory to Research (2): The Role of Theory in Social Research What is the role of theory in social research? What are the requirements for establishing causality?
4 対面/face to faceEthical Issues in Social Science Research What are research ethics? What steps can researchers take to protect humans in research?
5 対面/face to faceHypotheses, Operationalization, and Measurement How do researchers develop and test hypotheses? What do conceptualization and operationalization involve?
6 対面/face to faceReliability and Validity What are reliability and validity? What is the basic difference between reliability and validity?
7 対面/face to faceReview & Midterm Exam Course review, students’ inquiries, and midterm exam
8 対面/face to faceSampling Strategies What are the strengths and weaknesses of different sampling approaches? How does sampling work in variable-oriented research and case-oriented research?
9 対面/face to faceSurvey Research What are surveys? How do researchers administer surveys? What do they ask and how do they ask it?
10 対面/face to faceExperimental Research What are the three key features of experiments? What are the strengths and weaknesses of different types of experiments?
11 対面/face to faceContent Analysis What is content analysis?
12 対面/face to faceWriting a Research Proposal What are the elements of a research proposal? Q&A on final paper
13 対面/face to faceEthnography What is ethnography? What are the four roles that an ethnographer can adopt when doing fieldwork? How to conduct an ethnographic field study?
14 対面/face to faceIn-Depth Interviewing and Cognitive Interviews How are an in-depth interview and a normal conversation similar, and how are they different? What are cognitive interviews?

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Students are expected to review the lecture slides and other course materials after each class. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
No textbook will be used. Electronic slides will be provided by the instructor.

【参考書 / References】
Further reference may be provided based on students’ areas of interest.

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Participation: 15%
In-class quizzes: 15%
Midterm exam: 30%
Final paper: 40%

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Students have generally evaluated the class positively. The instructor will be attentive to student feedback and adjust workload and class material, when necessary.

【学生が準備すべき機器他 / Equipment student needs to prepare】
None. Students are encouraged to use computers/tablets for class-related purposes in class.