Sociology of Innovation
Theories and Methods
Students will be conversant with the theories and methods associated with social science research on innovation. The major theories include micro-level theories of personality and cognitive processes; meso-level theories of group, network, and organizational innovation; and macro-level theories of diffusion and collective behavior.
Controversies and Debates
Students will understand the major controversies and debates, new developments, emerging issues, and current trends in social sicnec research on innovation.
Students will be able to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of current social science theories and research on innovation. Students will analyze the elements of argument of various theoretical perspectives.
Students will prepare a research paper in which they formulate a research question, identify and analyze data, and report results, as well as interpret their findings. Students will produce an original research paper that will address a real-world problem related to innovation.