Social Science Research Lab

Social Science Research Lab

Project-based learning. Real-world applications.

The Social Science Research Lab, launching in Spring 2018, provides undergraduates a foundational and applied experience in social science research and in evaluation practice. Lab courses will prepare students for future endeavors at Duke, including participation in Bass Connections, and beyond. The lab is based in Duke University’s Social Research Institute.
 

WHAT COURSES ARE PART OF THE LAB?

Evaluating Health Innovation: EHD 290S-02 (10173)

Taught by: Jessica Sperling (SSRI) and Co-instructor: Will Ellaissi (DIHI)

This course is in partnership with Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI), which promotes transformative innovation in health and healthcare. Instruction will include a dual focus on:

  1. Methods and practices in social science research, including community-based and applied practice
  2. Topical issues relate to the partner, including: healthcare as a cause and consequences of larger-scale social problems, evolution of healthcare financing and administration, and the role of innovation in solving challenges in healthcare

NOTE: This course is an elective for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate and the Science & Society Certificate; it can also serve as a Civic Engagement & Social Change Certificate elective if aligned with a student’s pathway within the certificate.

Community Data in Action: EHD 290S-01 (10172)

Taught by: John Killeen (SSRI)

This course is in partnership with Data Works NC, an independent data intermediary dedicated to democratizing the use of quantitative information. Instruction will include a dual focus on:

  1. Methods and practices in social science research, including community-based and applied practice.
  2. Topical issues related to the partner, including: industrial history and its influence on urban geography, real estate markets and neighborhood change, and contemporary challenges of urban planning and community economic development.

Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained through project-based work with Data Works NC.

NOTE: This course is an elective for Civic Engagement & Social Change Certificate and for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate. Fall students will have the option of enrolling in a subsequent spring lab course. This will include a project-based/consulting role with the partner program.
 

WHO SHOULD ENROLL?

Undergraduates (all levels)
 

WHEN ARE CLASSES?

Lab students will work together in sessions focused on social science research methods with an emphasis on applied/community-engaged research partnership. The two courses will be held separately, with each concentrating on its own topical area. 

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