2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student-Originated Studies: Research in Psychology and Related Social Sciences


Spring 2013 quarter

Laura Citrin social psychology, gender and women's studies
Fields of Study
anthropology, gender and women's studies, psychology and sociology
Students entering this SOS program should have taken at least one course or program in college-level psychology, sociology, or anthropology; should have some exposure to research methods in the social sciences (experiments, surveys, interviews, or ethnographic observation); and should be prepared to embark on independent, intellectual work in a structured environment. In addition, students should join the program with a particular project in mind.

This SOS program is designed to provide an opportunity for intermediate and advanced students working within the social sciences to conduct independent research projects within psychology or related social science disciplines, within a supportive intellectual environment of other researchers. It is an ideal capstone program for students completing their studies.  Research projects may be inductive or deductive in their approach, and may utilize qualitative or quantitative methodology. Research may be aimed at testing a well-established theory, replicating a study, crafting an elegant psychological experiment, designing and executing a written survey, conducting interviews, or engaging in observational, ethnographic research. Faculty will also support substantial work with secondary research (library research) exclusively, resulting in a thorough literature review (a review of all of the work conducted on your topic of interest within the field).

Students will form learning communities based on shared research interests (or methodological interests or theoretical interests). Faculty will provide structured support to these learning communities across all aspects of the research process.

Students entering this SOS program should do so with a particular project in mind, although faculty will work one-on-one with students to help shape the nature of their project in both practical and theoretically meaningful ways.

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Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 14th, 2013 This program now accepts Sophomore students (please check the prerequisites).
February 25th, 2013 New opportunity added.