15.347 Doctoral Seminar in Research Methods I

Fall 2004

An open, spiral-bound notebook.
A notebook ready for the data of social empirical research, an understanding of which will be developed in this class. (Image courtesy of Ivan Soares Ferrer and stock.xchng.)

Course Highlights

This readings-based course features a full reading list and assignment descriptions.

Course Description

This course is designed to lay the foundations of good empirical research in the social sciences. It does not deal with specific techniques per se, but rather with the assumptions and the logic underlying social research. Students become acquainted with a variety of approaches to research design, and are helped to develop their own research projects and to evaluate the products of empirical research.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Lotte Bailyn
Prof. Jesper B. Sorensen

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session