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  1. General Reading 33 items
    1. Books 21 items
      There is no specific core textbook for this unit. However, I particularly recommend the following two texts if students wish to buy a companion text:
      1. Social research methods - Alan Bryman 2008

        Book Suggested for Student Purchase

      2. Researching Social Life - G. Nigel Gilbert, Paul Stoneman 2016

        Book Suggested for Student Purchase

      3. There are a number of other useful introductory guides to social research methods that you might find useful, including:

      4. The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods - Pertti Alasuutari, Leonard Bickman, Julia Brannen 2009

        Book Recommended

      5. The Practice of Social Research - Earl R. Babbie 2010

        Book Recommended

      6. Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice - Saul Becker, Alan Bryman 2004

        Book Recommended

      7. Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice: Themes, Methods and Approaches - Saul Becker, Alan Bryman, Harry Ferguson 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      8. The Research Companion - Petra M. Boynton 2005

        Book Recommended

      9. The Research Companion - Petra Boynton 2005 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended

      10. Research Design in Social Research - D. A. De Vaus 2001

        Book Recommended

      11. Social Research Methods: A Reader - Clive Seale 2004

        Book Recommended

      12. Social Research Methods - Nicholas Walliman 2006

        Book Recommended

      13. There are also social research methods dictionaries and, like all such books, these give you a useful, if superficial, overview of key terms and debates:

      14. The SAGE Dictionary of Social Research Methods - Victor Jupp 2006 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended

      15. The A-Z of Social Research: A Dictionary of Key Social Science Research Concepts - Robert L. Miller, John D. Brewer 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

    2. Journals 9 items
      Many sociological and criminological journals contain articles that present empirical findings. In this respect, a very wide range of journals are of relevance to this unit. However, a few publications focus specifically on methodological issues, including:
    3. Websites 3 items
      The usual warning concerning the use of websites applies: be wary of taking online articles/statements to be authoritative. Whilst academic articles published online are certainly a legitimate source of information to cite in an essay, you should beware websites that publish articles that haven’t been peer-reviewed (the home page of any online journal will indicate whether articles are subject to peer-review). Putting this proviso to one side, the following websites provide very useful information for students taking this unit:
      1. Social Research Methods

        Website Recommended A website produced by Cornell University that provides ‘Methods Tutorials’ and useful links

      2. Social Research Methods and Program Evaluation

        Webpage Recommended This website provides a range of useful links for methods-related issues

      3. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research

        Webpage Recommended An online journal, Forum: Qualitative Social Research

  2. Week 1: Welcome Week – No lectures 0 items
  3. Week 2: The Philosophy of the Social Sciences 14 items
    1. Core Reading: 3 items
      1. Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory: Text and Readings - Scott Appelrouth, Laura Desfor Edles 2012

        Book Essential pp. 85-92, Introduction to Durkheim’s Rules of Sociological Method.

      2. Laws and Social Facts - Emile Durkheim 2004

        Chapter Essential Preface to Suicide, 1897

      3. The Social World as Knowable - Malcolm Williams 1998

        Chapter Essential

    2. Extra Reading: 11 items
      1. The Rules of Sociological Method - Emile Durkheim 2014

        Book Further

      2. Is There a Feminist Method? - Sandra Harding 2004

        Chapter Further

      3. Chapter 5. The Interpretative Alternative - John Hughes, Wesley W. Sharrock 1997

        Chapter Further

      4. There Are Laws in Social Sciences - Harold Kincaid 2004

        Chapter Further

      5. Theorizing Classical Sociology - Larry J. Ray 1999

        Book Further pp 41-55.

      6. The Logic of Science in Sociology - Walter L. Wallace 2004

        Chapter Further

  4. Week 3: Research Design, Sampling, and Conceptualisation 8 items
    1. Core Reading: 3 items
      1. Designing Samples - Sara Arber 2008

        Chapter Essential

      2. Social Research Methods - Alan Bryman 2008

        Book Essential Chapters 2, 3, & 8

      3. Conceptualising Social Life - Geoff Cooper 2008

        Chapter Essential

    2. Extra Reading: 5 items
      1. Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice - Saul Becker, Alan Bryman 2004

        Book Further pp. 186-202.

      2. What is Wrong with Social Theory? - Herbert Blumer 1954

        Article Further Blumer’s discussion of ‘sensitising concepts’

      3. Formulating Research Problems - Victor Jupp 2000

        Chapter Further

      4. On Intellectual Craftmanship - C. Wright Mills 2004

        Chapter Further Appendix to Mills’ The Sociological Imagination

      5. Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life - David M. Newman 2009

        Book Further pp. 80-92

  5. Week 4: Ethics in Social Research 10 items
    1. Core Reading: 3 items
      1. The Ethics of Social Research - Martin Bulmer 2008

        Chapter Essential

      2. Gang Leader for a Day - Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh 2008

        Book Essential

    2. Extra Reading: 7 items
      1. Whose Side Are We On? - Howard S. Becker 1976

        Chapter Further

      2. Research Ethics: Two Statements - British Sociological Association, Council for American Survey Research Organizations 2004

        Chapter Further

      3. Research Ethics in Social Science - Celia B. Fisher, Andrea E. Anushko 2009

        Chapter Further

      4. Researching Violence: Essays on Methodology and Measurement - Raymond M. Lee, Elizabeth Anne Stanko 2003

        Book Further

      5. Doing Research in a Prison Setting - Carol Martin 2000

        Chapter Further

  6. Week 5: Interviewing 10 items
    1. Core Reading: 2 items
      1. Qualitative Interviewing - Nigel Gilbert, Hilary Thomas 2008

        Chapter Essential

    2. Extra Reading: 8 items
      1. Chapter 10. Planning and Conducting Interviews - Judith Bell, Stephen Waters 2014

        Chapter Further

      2. Chapter 10. Planning and Conducting Interviews - Judith Bell, Stephen Waters 2014 (electronic book)

        Chapter Further

      3. Biographical Methods - Joanna Bornat 2009

        Chapter Further

      4. Doing Interviews with Female Offenders - Pamela Davies 2000

        Chapter Further

      5. Interviewing in Social Research - Herbert H. Hyman 2004

        Chapter Further

      6. Depth Interviewing - Sue Jones 2004

        Chapter Further

  7. Week 6: Analysing Interview Data 7 items
    1. Core Reading: 3 items
      1. Using Thematic Analysis in Psychology - Virginia Braun, Victoria Clarke 2006

        Article Essential

      2. Chapter 22. Qualitative Data Analysis - Alan Bryman 2008

        Chapter Essential Particularly Sections: ‘Analytic Induction’, ‘Basic Operations in Qualitative Data Analysis’ and ‘Thematic Analysis’

      3. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research - Jonathan A. Smith, Paul Flowers, Michael Larkin 2009

        Book Essential

    2. Extra Reading: 4 items
      1. Coding and Managing Data - Jane Fielding 2008

        Chapter Further particularly section 17.4 ‘Qualitative Coding’

      2. Coding and Analysing Data - Clive Seale 2004

        Chapter Further Particularly section ‘Coding for Qualitative Analysis’.

  8. Week 7: Reading week (no lectures/seminars) 0 items
  9. Week 8: Studying the News: Content and Narrative Analysis 12 items
    1. Core Reading: 2 items
      1. Chapter 9. Content Analysis; Chapter 10. Narrative Analysis - Sarah E. H. Moore 2014 (electronic book)

        Chapter Essential

    2. Extra Reading: 10 items
      1. Narrative and Media - Helen Fulton, Rosemary Huisman, Julian Murphet, Anne Dunn 2005

        Book Further

      2. The Content Analysis Reader - Klaus Krippendorff, Mary Angela Bock 2009

        Book Further

      3. Narrative Research: Reading, Analysis, and Interpretation - Amia Lieblich, Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, Tammar B. Zilber 1998

        Book Further

      4. The Content Analysis Guidebook - Kimberly A. Neuendorf 2002

        Book Further

      5. Newspaper Reporting and the Public Construction of Homicide - Moira Peelo, Brian Francis, Keith Soothill, Jayn Pearson 2004

        Article Further

  10. Week 9: Official Statistics 9 items
    1. Core Reading: 5 items
      1. Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice - Saul Becker, Alan Bryman 2004

        Book Essential pp. 228-235, 186-194, 206-213

      2. Interpreting Official Statistics - Ruth Levitas, Will Guy 1996

        Book Essential Levitas and Guy, 'Introduction' and Reiner, 'The Case of the Missing Crimes'

      3. Interpreting Official Statistics - Ruth Levitas, Will Guy 1996 (electronic book)

        Book Essential Levitas and Guy, 'Introduction' and Reiner, 'The Case of the Missing Crimes'

    2. Extra Reading: 4 items
  11. Week 10: Observation 13 items
    1. Core Reading: 3 items
      1. On The Run: Fugitive Life in an American City - Alice Goffman 2014

        Book Essential particularly, ‘Appendix: A Methodological Note’

      2. On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City - Alice Goffman 2014 (electronic book)

        Book Essential particularly, ‘Appendix: A Methodological Note’

      3. Mass Observation Archive

        Webpage Essential held at Sussex University

    2. Extra Reading: 10 items
      1. The Ethnographic Critique of Ethnography: Sectarianism in the RUC - John D. Brewer 2004

        Chapter Further originally published in Sociology (see below)

      2. Ethnography - Nigel Fielding 2008

        Chapter Further

      3. Field Notes - John Lofland 1971

        Chapter Further

  12. Week 11: Self-Completion Questionnaires 9 items
    1. Core Reading: 5 items
      1. Chapter 9. Designing and Administering Questionnaires - Judith Bell, Stephen Waters 2014

        Chapter Essential

      2. Chapter 9. Designing and Administering Questionnaires - Judith Bell, Stephen Waters 2014 (electronic book)

        Chapter Essential

      3. Chapter 9. Self-Completion Questionnaires - Alan Bryman 2008

        Chapter Essential

    2. Extra Reading: 4 items
      1. Questionnaires - Claus Moser, Graham Kalton 2004

        Chapter Further

      2. On-Line Surveys - Kim Sheehan, Mariea Hoy 2004

        Chapter Recommended

      3. Questionnaires - Rosemarie Simmons 2008

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase

  13. Week 12: Preparing for the Third Year Dissertation 3 items
    1. Core Reading: 2 items
      1. Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers - Judith Bell, Stephen Waters 2014

        Book Essential

      2. Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers - Judith Bell, Stephen Waters 2014 (electronic book)

        Book Essential

    2. Extra Reading: 1 item
      1. Writing a Dissertation for Dummies - Carrie Winstanley 2010

        Book Further

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