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209.5 sec. 002 - Research Design (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Catherine Albiston  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Taeku Lee  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
    Location: 2240 Piedmont 102
    From January 16, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 16, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

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 interdisciplinary socio-legal research question using empirical observation (broadly defined). The objective for the semester is to write a research proposal in the style of a National Science Foundation (or other government agency) proposal. Students will also have smaller writing assignments over the course of the semester to learn how to write the components of an empirical research proposal.

Admission to the course is by permission of the instructors only. Students should be prepared to describe the research project for which they will write a proposal in order to be admitted to the class. Students for whom this course is a degree requirement will have priority for enrollment. This course is primarily aimed at PhD students. Non-PhD students should consult with the instructor before enrolling in the course.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may fulfill Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to qualify for Option 2, all students in the class must be writing a paper of 30 or more pages. Those students who wish to use this paper for the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their drafts for comment and revision.

Option 2 form needed:

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)

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Required Books are in blue

  • The Practice of Research
    Shamus Khan, Dana R. Fisher
    Publisher: OUP USA
    ISBN: 9780199827411
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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