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209.5 sec. 1 - Research Design (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Kristin Luker  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Tu 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont

Course Start: January 08, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49541

This is an introductory course focusing on how to conceptualize and execute empirical research projects in the social sciences. We will briefly examine the philosophical issues that undergird such research, along with the nuts and bolts of actual research methods. At the end of this course, students should have a good sense of a range of research methods (both qualitative and quantitative) as well as a sense of how to think about the kinds of research problems that will provide the core of a Ph.D. thesis.
The main intellectual agenda will be to develop a sophisticated and rigorous sense of how to ask and answer a scholarly research question concerning the workings of law and society, using social science and related data. Students should note that this course includes a practicum, where they will be asked to write a research proposal and to execute a small pilot study of their proposed research. This course is primarily aimed at PhD students. Any non-JSP students should contact either Morrill or Edelman about enrolling in the course.

Exam Notes: F
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Law and Society

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  • The Practice of Social Research
    Earl Babbie
    Edition: 13th
    Publisher: Wadsworth
    ISBN: 9780495598411
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $165.00
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