Seminar in Research Design, Data Collection and Data Analysis
This course will familiarize students with the tasks of planning empirical research using a critical applied social research perspective. To this end, students will learn how to define research problems in light of theoretical (especially epistemological) questions and the larger social context. Students will acquire skill in determining the usefulness of a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, including, but not limited to, surveys, interviews and focus groups. Emphasis will be placed on articulating a research problematic for investigation, developing a research plan, crafting a literature review and propsal, writing an ethics application and beginning preliminary fieldwork, with the goal of combining these into a final research report. cr 3.