Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2015/2016
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Applied Social Research Option

The Applied Social Research Option provides students with an opportunity to develop advanced research methods and data analysis skills. The Option is designed for both Sociology majors and non-Sociology majors interested in acquiring applied training at a level beyond that currently required in Faculty of Arts social science disciplines.

The Applied Social Research Option consists of 4.0 credits: 2.0 credits of required courses, and 2.0 credits of elective courses.
Students with a minimum GPA of 7.00 (B-) in their major and 6.00 (C+) overall (or permission of the department) are eligible to apply for the Option at any point in the senior years of their program. A cumulative GPA of 7.00 in the courses specific to the Applied Social Research Option is required to graduate. At least 2.0 of the required 4.0 credits in the Option must be completed at Wilfrid Laurier University. Completion of the Option requirements will result in an "Applied Social Research Option" designation on student transcripts and degree. The Option is open to all Laurier students. Please note that some of these courses may have prerequisites that must be fulfilled before the course can be taken.

The 2.0 required credits are in Sociology with a list of corresponding equivalents, including the two new advanced methods courses offered in Sociology. The 2.0 elective credits can be drawn from a list of electives offered in Sociology and elsewhere at Laurier.

Required Courses (2.0 total credits [0.5-credit from each of the following 4 groups]):

  1. One 0.5-credit course from the following:
    SY280 - Quantitative Methods,
    CS235 - Communication Research Methods,
    EC381 - Economic Research Methodology,
    GG258 - Geographical Research Methods,
    HE201 - Research Methods for the Health Sciences,
    KP261 - Research Methods I,
    PO217 - Asking Questions in Political Science: An Introduction to Research,
    PS295 - Introduction to Research Methods;

  2. One 0.5-credit course from the following:
    SY281 - Qualitative Methods
    GS202 - Methods in Global Studies
    PS398 - Qualitative Methods in Psychology;

  3.  One 0.5-credit course from the following:
    SY382 - Social Statistics,
    EC205/BU205 - Introduction to Applied Statistics,
    EC255/BU255 - Managerial Statistics
    EC285 - Introductory Statistics,
    GG254 - Geographic Information and Analysis,
    KP262 - Research Methods II,
    PS296 - Introduction to Statistics,
    PO218 - Answering Questions in Political Science: Research in Practice;

  4. Either SY489 - Advanced Qualitative Analysis, or SY490 - Advanced Quantitative Analysis

Electives (2.0 credits from the following list):

AN300 - Ethnographic Methods
AN400 - Doing Fieldwork
AN456 - Applied Anthropology
BU422 - Marketing Research
BU495q: Business Analytics
Communication Studies
CS405 - Research Seminar
EC245 - Applied Econometrics
EC295 - Introductory Econometrics
EC303 - Economic Evaluation in the Public Sector
EC355 - Intermediate Econometrics
EC455 - Advanced Econometrics I: Time Series Analysis
EC451 - Applied Economic Research
EC481 - Research Paper and Seminar
Geography and Environmental Studies
ES392 - Environmental Impact Assessment
GG350 - Canadian Issues
ES290/GG290 - Global Resource and Environmental Issues
Global Studies
GS310 - Field Course in Global Studies
Health Sciences
HE300 - Epidemiology
HE400 - Multidisciplinary Seminar on Critical Health Issues
HE411 - Critical perspectives in Public Health
Political Science
PO245 - The Art and Science of Policy Design
PO345 - Canadian Public Policy
PO360 - Citizen Politics
PO466 - Interpreting and Understanding Elections
PO467 - Public Opinion
PS370 - Research in Social Psychology
PS394 - Linear Models
PS382 - Research in Community Psychology
Religion and Culture
RE308 - Conducting Fieldwork
SY312 - Conversation Analysis
SY309F - Time Diaries and Big Data
SY404 - Ethnomethodology
SY489 - Advanced Qualitative Analysis
SY490 - Advanced Quantitative Analysis
SY452 - Advanced Special Topics. Consult the Sociology Department for special topic courses that apply to this option.

Additional Information

Students wishing to have the Applied Social Research Option added to their Honours major must complete and submit the appropriate Program Selection Form. After eligibility has been confirmed, the Option will be added to your program.


Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Addition February 4, 2015: New Option; effective September 1, 2015.
Senate Deletion May 28, 2015: ES291/GG291 deleted; effective September 1, 2015.
Editorial Addition September 28, 2015: PO245 and PO345 added; effective September 1, 2015.