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209.5 sec. 001 - Research Design (Spring 2021)
Instructor: Calvin Morrill (view instructor's profile)
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction
W 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
From January 20, 2021
To April 30, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM
This is an introductory course focusing on how to conceptualize and design empirical research projects in the social sciences. "Empirical research" includes a broad range of qualitative (including historical) and quantitative inquiry. 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 familiarity with 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 occupy the core of a PhD dissertation or a similarly situated research project.
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 (broadly understood), using social science and related data. Students should note that this course includes a simulation in which they will be asked to write a research proposal. Students will also be asked to complete smaller writing assignments throughout the course leading up to the final proposal. This course is primarily aimed at PhD students, although JSD and LLM thesis-track students interested in pursuing empirical research are welcome to apply.
Admission to the course is by application.
Students should email their applications to Professor Morrill by November 13th.
In the application, students should briefly describe the research project they plan to write a proposal about in the class. Students for whom this course is a degree requirement will have priority for enrollment. After November 13th applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.
Real-time 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.
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