Master of arts (sociology) in IGNOU, PAPER: MSO-002 : research methodologies and methods

MASTER OF ARTS (SOCIOLOGY) Term-End Examination JUNE 2007 MSO-002: RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES AND METHODS Indira Gandhi National Open University

Term-End Examination
June, 2007
Indira Gandhi National Open University

Time : 3 hours Maximum marks: 100
Note : Answer any five of the following questions in about
500 words each. Select at least two questions from
each section. All questions carry equal marks.

1. What is the role of inductive and deductive logic in social
research ? How do they contribute to the logic of social
research? 20

2. What are the main features of positivism? Discuss critically. 20

3. Discuss critically the feminist approach to social research. 20

4. What is the comparative method? Discuss its utility in social
research. 20

5. What are the elements of a survey research design? Discuss
one problem area in which survey research will be useful. 20

6. Describe the measures of dispersion and variability. 20

7. Describe the participant observation method and its
advantages and disadvantages. 20

8. Why is field research important in Sociology ? Discuss. 20

9. Discuss case study as ,a method of social research. Illustrate
your answer with one problem area. 20

10. Outline the use of SPSS in data analysis. 20



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