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Research Method 1 (2023)

Fall Semester, Wednesdays 13:30-15:10

This is a REQUIRED introductory research design and method course for the first year students. It orients incoming students with various research methods, both quantitative and qualitative ones, for the Master's level research on governance, public policy, and public administration. The goal of this course is to develop a basic understanding of academic research and the minimal skills for using quantitative and qualitative (case study) methods. Students will be divided into two groups. In the middle of the course, instructors will switch between the groups so that both group will receive the same instructions on both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Course schedule

Week 1 : General introduction about research paper at the Governance Studies school.

Week 2-3 : Basic frameworks of academic research

Week 4-8 : Quantitative method

Week 9-13 : Qualitative method (including case study)

  • Intro to qualitative/case studies
  • Case study method
  • Interviewing
  • Coding
  • Intersubjectivity/objectivity

Week 14 : Final exam