CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
This course introduces the fundamental methods of formal inquiry into the social world. It offers definitions of the “social world” from the points of view of several social sciences and unravels the assumptions and methods of study of each. Emphasis is placed on comparing and contrasting the basic assumptions of sociology, political science, psychology, economics, and history by demonstrating how each social science approaches questions about the social world, particularly those involving normality, social inequity and power. The consequences of choosing one particular social science over another to conduct research in the social world are examined. Emphasis is placed on student participation in and production of weekly seminars.