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
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