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Methodological considerations in Biosocial Research using Understanding Society data


Course Information


The course is an introduction to biosocial research for social science researchers. The 1 day course will cover a conceptual framework for biosocial research, key methodological considerations when carrying out biosocial research, and some hands on practical work using biosocial data from Understanding Society.

The course covers:

  • A conceptual framework for biosocial research
  • A description of how biological data are collected in large social surveys
  • Methodological considerations when using biosocial data from Understanding Society

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand some of the principles underlying biosocial research
  • Develop an awareness of the methodological considerations when using biological data from large surveys
  • Create their own biosocial model based on data from Understanding Society

Target Audience

Quantitative social science researchers who have not analysed biological data before. These could include some health researchers who wish to become familiar with the biosocial data available in large surveys.

09:30-10:00 Registration and refreshments

10:00-11:00 What is Biosocial Research? What are Biosocial research questions? Biosocial conceptual frameworks.

11:00-11:15 Tea/Coffee break

11:15-12:00 How are biological data collected in large surveys?

12:00-12:30 Practical- design your own biosocial data collection

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Methodological considerations in biosocial research

14:30-15:00 Tea/Coffee break

15:00-16:00 STATA Practical: using Understanding Society biosocial data

16:00-16:30 Reflections

Course Code


Course Date

16th June 2017

Course Leader

Professor Tarani Chandola
Course Description


STATA- some familiarity

Regression analysis (linear + logistic)

Preparatory Reading

Blane D, Kelly-Irving M, dErrico A, Bartley M, Montgomery S. Social-biological transitions: how does the social become biological? Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 2013;4:136-146)

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