Soc 320 Research Opportunity, Fall 2020: Coding News Stories on the Institutional Response to Sexual Assault


Term: Fall 2020 (Soc 320, Section 209)
Status: Open
Contact: Please contact Nona Gronert gronert@wisc.edu with your resume and cover letter to apply for this position. It is available for 2 or 3 credits only.
Description: This is a hands-on course focusing on archival social science research and content analysis. As a Research Assistant (RA), you will be learning and using a coding manual to analyze newspaper articles from The Badger Herald and The Daily Cardinal. This ultimately will result in constructing (1) a timeline of events related to sexual violence at UW Madison and (2) a directory of key individuals involved with the issue of sexual assault at UW Madison. RAs are expected to code articles, write weekly research memos, and attend weekly research meetings.
NOTE: All tasks will be done remotely. You will be provided with an SSCC account so you have access to the necessary software via server. Nona Gronert will conduct weekly research meetings via video conference.
Requirements: Students will (1) learn how to use NVivo, (2) participate in research team reliability checks, (3) learn how to use the coding manual, (4) individually code articles, (5) write weekly research memos, and (6) participate in weekly research team meetings. Preferred qualities:
– ability to work independently
– attention to detail
– critical thinking skills
– SOC 375 Research Methods (or equivalent)
– strong written and verbal communication