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Critical Theory and Social Justice

Getting Started with Social Science Research

  • Follow your interests. Rely on course materials, current events, policy debates, and exploration of reference sources.
  • Look for puzzles, surprises, and data that challenge common assumptions about society.
  • Map out the relationships between the concepts within your topic.
  • Search databases for literature on your topic.
  • Chart out the explanations that have been offered in the literature for the puzzle or problem that interests you.
  • Find your own approach to your topic and situate it in conversation with the literature.

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