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Qualitative and Multi-Method Research

Level
Semester
Instructor(s)
Units
4
Section
1
Number
234A
CCN
25855
Times
T 8-11am
Location
REMOTE
Course Description

This graduate seminar introduces students to the rapidly evolving field of qualitative and multi-method research. The seminar is designed to provide students with an overview of qualitative methods essential to political science research. In addition, we will consider a range of ways in which qualitative methods can be integrated with each other and with other research methodologies, such as field and natural experiments, formal models, and statistical modeling. Required readings cover classic texts, recent innovations, and applied examples. Students are expected to become familiar with both the methodological ideas and their substantive application.
 
The ultimate goal of the course is to provide students with the background necessary to use qualitative and mixed methods in their own original research. It will enable students to master core tools, understand basic problems, and explore advanced topics. Students should be able to apply these methods in writing a dissertation prospectus, grant proposal, or research paper.