Introduction to Research Methods

This course will take into account the (currently) three main disciplines being offered–English, Philosophy and Sociology. Taking sample themes from each, there will be an exploration of the similarities and differences of method (textual analysis, questions of field work, use of different kinds of sources, primary and secondary literature etc) in use in each discipline. It will keep in mind the fact that some students may wish to major in one of the disciplines in the coming semester, and will help them make the transition in an informed way. For others, it will provide an overview of issues of method required in serious research work in these disciplines.