Chapter 5: Designing core major courses: Methods
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This chapter explores the challenges of teaching the research methods course. Teaching research methods is challenging because of a lack of clear guidance on what should be covered in the course along with varying institutional support for instruction. At a minimum, students should learn how to consume research and, if appropriate, produce research. The chapter includes learning outcomes for the course that are mapped onto the Sociological Literacy Framework along with a guide of resources for the course from TRAILS and Teaching Sociology. Overall, students should practice doing research in the research methods course through topical shorter assignments, modified research projects, or complete research projects. The chapter closes with best practices to guide instructors on developing a methods course that is practical, useful, and sustainable.

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