17.878 Qualitative Research: Design and Methods

Spring 2005

A map depicting the range of Soviet missiles from Cuba.

A map depicting the range of Soviet missiles, if launched from Cuba. The Cuban Missile Crisis is often used as a case study in political science research. (Image courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list and comprehensive assignments.

Course Description

This seminar explores the development and application of qualitative research designs and methods in political analysis. It considers a broad array of approaches, from exploratory narratives to focused-comparison case studies, for investigating plausible alternative hypotheses. The focus is on analysis, not data collection.
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Prof. Steve Meyer

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session