SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentInternational Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, First Year
Course NameResearch Methods for Social Sciences
Course TypeRequired
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

The Main Text:


Earl Babbie, the latest edition, The Practice of Social Research, Belmont: Wadsworth Publishing Company.




Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

If possible, the professor would love to have teaching assistant with statistical backgroung. He or she will help students to complete the research project throughout the whole semester over every stage of the research (research framework, data collection, data analysis and writing up the research report).


  1. Class Participation—20%

  2.  Mid-term Oral Presentation on the Research Project—40%

  3.  Final Report and Oral Presentation on the Research Project— 40%

Textbook & Reference

Other References:

   Kenneth D. Bailey, 1987, 3rd edition, Methods of Social Research, Taipei:


   David Dooley, 1984, Social Research Methods, Englewood Cliffs, New  

       Jersey: Prentice-Hall,  Inc. Taipei: 師大書苑翻印本。

   Arlene Fink and Jacqueline Kosecoff, 1986, How to Conduct Surveys:

       Step-by-Step Guide,  Taipei: 唐山出版社。

   Abraham Kaplan, 1964, The Conduct of Inquiry, Methodology for

       Behavioral ScienceScranton, Pa: Chandler Publishing Co.

   Fred N. Kerlinger, 1973, 2nd edition, Foundations of Behavioral  

      Research New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.

  Thomas S. Kuhn, 1970, 2nd edition, The Structure of Scientific  

      Revolutions, Chicago: The Univ. of Chicago Press.

   Delbert C. Miller, 1970, 2nd edition, Handbook of Research Design 

       and  Social Measurement, New York: David Mckay Company, Inc.

   Pertti J. Pelto, 1970, Anthropological Research: The Structure of

       Inquiry,  New York: Harper & Row.

Gerard Radnitzky, 1973, 3rd edition, Contemporary Schools of 

       Metascience: Anglo-Saxon Schools of Metascience / Continental

       Schools of Metascience, Chicago: Herry Regnery Company.

   Leonard Schatzman and Anselm L. Strauss, 1973, Field Research:

       Strategies for a Natural Sociology, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall. 

   Gideon Sjoberg and Roger Nett, 1968, Methodology for Social

       Research, New York: Harper & Row.

   Walter L. Wallace, 1971, The Logic of Science in Sociology, Chicago:

       Aldine Publishing Company.

   Eugene J. Webb, Donald T. Campbell, Richard D. Schwartz, and Lee

       Sechrest, 1973, 9th printing, Unobstrusive Measures: Nonreactive

       Research in the Social Sciences, Chicago: Rand McNally & Company.

   Pauline V. Young, 1966, 4th edition, Scientific Social Surveys and

       Research, London: Prentic-Hall International, Inc

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