- Code POGO9097
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Policy and Governance
- Areas of interest Policy Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Bjoern Dressel
- Mode of delivery In Person
Summer Session 2022
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In 2022 the class dates are February 22, 24; March 1, 3, 8, 10
This course is a graduate-level introduction to empirical research in public policy. Designed for PhD students who are beginning their dissertation projects, the aim of the course is to give students the tools to pose focused research questions, develop answers with theoretical frameworks, formulate and re?ne concepts, construct valid and reliable measures, and ?nally to gather data. While other methodology courses teach students how to analyse data, this course emphasises the process of developing research questions and gathering high quality data for answering them. Particular attention is directed to problems, and strategies related to “small-n” qualitative research, for the most part setting aside the techniques of experimental, quasi-experimental as well as correlational analysis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Distinguish between di?erent styles of social science research based on ontological and epistemological foundations in the philosophy of science.
- Formulate research questions, develop hypothesis/arguments and choose proper research design in its support.
- Show fluency in appraising strengths and weaknesses of existing methodological approaches in regard to systematic ways to make causal inferences and interpret data.
- Demonstrate thesis relevant knowledge of commonly used methodological tools in empirical research, including experimental and quasi-experimental designs, comparative analysis, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), process tracing, as well as basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques (e.g. surveys, interviews, content analysis etc.
- Develop a first draft of a Thesis Proposal Review (TPR) based on the research design elements discussed in class.
- Development of research questions and research hypotheses (20) [LO 1,2]
- Selection and presentation of an appropriate research design (20) [LO 2,3]
- Development of a Thesis Proposal Review (TPR) draft (4000-6000 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Total contact time is 30 hours, conducted in person, 2.5 hours x 12 meetings. This class is generally taught over a 12 week period in Semester 1. Outside of contact hours: Preparation time of no less than 6 hours for every 2.5 hour session.
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