F&ES 551a / 2013-2014

Social Science Qualitative Research Methods

Credits: 3
Fall 2013: Tu,Th, 9:00-10:20, Kroon 319
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A broad introduction to issues of social sciences research methods and design. Emphasis in the readings and lectures is placed on qualitative methods such as interviews, participant observation, and participatory appraisal, although consideration is given tothe ways that quantitative appraoches can be used is support qualitative approaches to research. No prior knowledge of methodology or statistics is expected or assumed. The course is intended both for doctoral students who are in the beginning stage of their dissertation research, and for master’s students developing research proposals for their thesis projects. The course covers the basic techniques for collecting, interpreting, and analyzing qualitative data. During the term we explore three interrelated dimensions of research. One focuses on the theoretical foundations of science and research, another focuses on the various methods available to researchers for data collection and analysis, and finally we complete exercises in the practical application of various methods. In the course  we will consciously addresses the unique nature of social science research within environmental studies. One significant premise underlies this class: some of the most important questions addressed in environmental studies have such complex solutions that traditional positivist scientific approaches have limited application.

F&ES 551 is a prerequisite for:
F&ES 952: Property Rights and Natural Resource Management
F&ES 952: Property Rights and Natural Resource Management

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