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Major Themes in Comparative Analysis: Research Design

Level
Semester
Spring 2015
Units
4
Number
200B
CCN
71984
Times
Tu 11-1
Location
223 Moses
Course Description

This course provides an introduction to research design in comparative politics; it is the second semester of the two-semester introductory graduate sequence for the comparative sub-field.  We will focus on various topics relevant to doing research, such as how to formulate research questions; develop concepts and measures; bolster the validity of descriptive and causal inferences; and use various qualitative and quantitative methods in the service of diverse substantive agenda.  Developing the ability to critique research is one important objective.  However, the primary goal of the course is to provide a first foundation for actually doing research.