This course is an exploration of the basic tools that social scientists use when conducting research, particularly in the field. Students will learn how to use a variety of tools, including: interview techniques, focus group discussions, participant-observation and surveys. Workshops will provide the opportunity for students to use these techniques on topics of their own interest. Methodological and theoretical perspectives will be examined, as will methods for recording, analyzing, interpreting and writing up qualitative data. Topics including formulating research proposals and ethics will be discussed. This course is particularly encouraged for sophomores and juniors considering either study abroad or advanced work in social science with research components.