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2022 Spring

ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS - POS509 Spring 2022


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 7

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 14

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

3. The Use of Theories, Deduction and Induction

Feb 21

The Use of Theories, Deduction and Induction

4. Social Science Concepts

Feb 28

Social Science Concepts

5. Research Designs, Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research

Mar 7

Research Designs, Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research

6. Single Case Studies & Process tracing

Mar 14

Single Case Studies & Process tracing

7. Data, Coding, Reliability and Validity

Mar 21

Data, Coding, Reliability and Validity

8. Comparative case studies

Apr 4

Comparative case studies

9. Textual Data: Content and Discourse Analysis

Apr 11

Textual Data: Content and Discourse Analysis

10. Video Data Analysis

Apr 25

Video Data Analysis

11. Surveys and Interviews

May 2

Surveys and Interviews

12. Field Research and Ethnography

May 9

Field Research and Ethnography

13. Consultations on Student Research Designs

May 13, Online

Consultations on Student Research Designs

14. Final research designs

May 23

Final research designs

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