“If you could learn only one thing in graduate school, it should be how to do scholarly research” (Gary King, Harvard University, “Strategies for Political Inquiry”)
POGO 9096 is an introduction to empirical research in public policy, political science, and international relations, which is designed for PhD students who are beginning their dissertation projects. The aim of the course it to help students find their own research questions; develop expected answers with theoretical frameworks; formulate, re?ne, and operationalise concepts; identify strategies to make inference; gather quantitative and qualitative data; and finally analyse data. It emphasises the importance of designing “good” research by developing fine research questions and gathering high quality data for answering them.
The first part of this course focuses on the issues, problems, and strategies related to “small-n” qualitative research, while the second part focuses more on “large-n” quantitative research designs and introduction to statistical analysis.
Notes: This course is offered as part of the Postgraduate Training in Politics and Policy (PTPP) Program jointly organised by the Crawford School of Public Policy (CAP) and the School of Politics and International Relations (CASS). It mainly covers principles of research design in the social sciences. After taking this course, students are strongly advised to take Research Methods (POLS8004) offered in CASS to learn specific quantitative and qualitative methods.
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