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2021 Spring

ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS - POS509 Spring 2021


Course
Pelin Musil
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The focus of this course is to help students develop appropriate research designs for their substantive papers and/or research proposals for their M.A. theses. By understanding merits and limitations of different research methods in social sciences, the students will learn to create and methodologically critique research designs. Special attention is given to variants of theory-oriented qualitative cross-case research and case studies. The course looks at the proper domain of each method and address ways of combining them in a single research project.

Here is the course outline:

1. INTRODUCTION

Feb 08

Introduction and class expectations Lecture: what is a good research, what is a research design?

2. Forms of Knowledge: Explanation and Interpretation in the Study of the Social World

Feb 15

Forms of Knowledge: Explanation and Interpretation in the Study of the Social World

3. The Use of Theories, Deduction and Induction

Feb 22

The Use of Theories, Deduction and Induction

4. Social Science Concepts

Mar 01

Social Science Concepts

5. Research Designs, Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research

Mar 08

Research Designs, Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research

6. Single Case Studies & Process tracing

Mar 15

Single Case Studies & Process tracing

7. Data, Coding, Reliability and Validity

Mar 22

Data, Coding, Reliability and Validity

8. Comparative Case Studies

Mar 29

Comparative Case Studies

9. Textual Data: Qualitative Content Analysis

Apr 12

Textual Data: Qualitative Content Analysis

10. Critical Discourse Analysis

Apr 19

Critical Discourse Analysis

11. Video Data Analysis

Apr 26

Video Data Analysis

12. Surveys and Interviews

May 03

Surveys and Interviews

13. Research Design Examples

May 10

Research Design Examples

14. Consultations on Student Research Designs

May 17

Consultations on Student Research Designs

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