This course is an advanced graduate seminar designed to develop skills in the fundamentals of research design and the uses and interpretations of research findings. Each student is expected to prepare a research proposal and literature review. In the course, students will be introduced to many of the essential components necessary to execute and evaluate research in the social and behavioral sciences. Central topics covered in the course include, but are not limited to, an introduction to philosophy of science, finding and formulating research problems and questions, literature reviews and searches, basic concepts in measurement, sampling, ethical treatment of human subjects and qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs.
Kristin A. Hobson
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