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GLOBAL STUDIES (IAS) (L97)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)

L97 GS (IAS) 3005Research Design in Global Studies3.0 Units
Description:How does one develop a research project? From developing questions to laying the framework for the project, the goal of this course is for students to understand key conceptual foundations of research design. This course explores conceptualization, theory, research design, and strategies for framing questions and understanding the tools needed to build a project. This is neither a statistics course nor a qualitative methods course, although students are highly encouraged to take disciplinary-based methods courses. This course will help students navigate the path from academic curiosities to research design. Good research questions are important to academics, of course, but this course will help students develop skills that are useful in settings beyond the academy. This course has as its aim that, upon completion, students will have a better understanding of the skill set needed to answer the kinds of questions that are most interesting to them and to prepare them for future projects, whether these will be answered in a thesis or in a future professional career. Along the way, we will explore some basic techniques for collecting, interpreting, and analyzing data. We will pay attention to both the theoretical approaches to different types of research and focus on some practical techniques of data collection, such as identifying key informants, selecting respondents, developing field notes, conducting interviews, analyzing data, writing, and presenting findings.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:Annually / History


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