1. Did Milgram use qualitative or quantitative methods? Of the methods we have studied, which which specific one did he use? What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of the type of method he used?
  2. Of the four types of samples presented in the PowerPoint this week, what type of sampling technique did Milgram use? What problems do you see with the sample?
  3. What was the dependent variable in Milgram’s research? How was it operationalized (i.e. measured) What were some of the independent variables depicted in the film?
  4. Drawing on McIntyre, briefly describe the ethical obligations of sociologists and to whom they are obligated. To what extent did Milgram fulfill the ethical obligations of social researchers?
  5. How might Milgram’s findings be useful? Do you think that if Milgram’s study were performed today the results would be the same? Why/Why not? 


Remember, there will be ten discussion opportunities during the quarter. You must participate in at least FIVE. You decide which five. I will drop your five lowest scores. Each post is worth 20 points. Extra posts do not equal extra credit. Strong posts will demonstrate understanding and connection to course materials and include citations/references (see grading rubric for details).

You also must respond to two peers’ responses to the prompt for the discussions in which you choose to participate. Responses are due by midnight on Wednesday. Responses should be at least 150 words each (put the word count in all responses). Replies should take the conversation further by adding questions or your own ideas in your replies. In addition, you can point out both strengths and areas of improvement on your peers’ submission. Strong posts will demonstrate understanding and connection to course materials. Each reply is worth 5 points, for a total of 10. 

You have the opportunity to earn extra credit points by responding to your peers’ replies to your own thread (100 minimum word count, worth up to 2 points each).  These are due on the same day as your other replies to peers. In order to ‘entice’ others to respond to you, and thus be able to take advantage of this extra credit opportunity, you will have to craft a strong original post that is engaging enough to others that they are interested in replying to it. Posting early in the discussion also helps 😉 

  1. Would you expect Milgram’s results to be the same with female subjects?  Why/Why not?