Sociology Research paper
RESEARCH QUESTION: How is race portrayed in news coverage regarding violence in the National Post?
KEY REMINDERS: You will choose articles that discuss violence from Aug.2014- Jan.2015 and please read through ALL instructions thoroughly, it tells you exactly what is expected.
SOC101Y – Quantitative Newspaper Content Analysis
Each student will be designing, conducting and writing up the results of a research project. The objectives are both to apply some of the sociological knowledge learned during the course, and to gain an appreciation for what is involved in the practice of sociology through the pursuit of an actual research project. The particular type of research project students will pursue is a quantitative newspaper content analysis. This document lays out the parameters for this year long project due at the end of March. It goes over the what, how and why of content analysis as a methodology. The content of this document offers a framework and instructions for the work students need to produce. While reading this whole document once at the beginning of the year is a very good idea, it is not expected you will understand all of its content right away. The skills and knowledge necessary will also be developed through weekly tutorials taking place between September and March, and digitally on Portal through your own TA’s Corner. Five small assignments will also be completed that represent various key aspects of the research design process. This document should be used as a reference to be consulted often, as well as the additional insights and advice from your TA and from Jenna.
This quantitative content analysis will not require students to deploy complicated statistical analysis, but it will involve conducting an analysis whose coding outcomes will be numerical values that can be represented in frequency tables or crosstabulation. Quantitative analysis, more generally, attempts to quantify data by numerically measuring the incidences of various themes of ideas in a chosen sample. While you have a broad latitude for the topic you will pursue, your content analysis ought to be a class analysis, race or ethnicity analysis, or gender analysis. It will be based on the analysis of a single or several days of publication of the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Toronto Star. Your ultimate research report you will submit for assessment at the end of March will include sections on your topic/literature review, on your designed research question and its rationale, on your operationalization/coding scheme, on data collection/sampling, on your findings, on your analysis of these findings and offering a tentative answer, on the strengths and weaknesses of your research project. Completing this project you will learn about the key role played by each of these aspects of the research design process, and how together can possibly lead to sociological