Examines the main approaches to the interface of history and sociology. Major theoretical traditions and methodological strategies (both quantitative and qualitative) are appraised mainly through the exploration of exemplary studies.
In this seminar, class participants will become familiar with the issues involved in the collection and analysis of data using qualitative techniques, with a special emphasis on those methods that are most appropriate for addressing policy questions. We will also discuss issues of research design, sampling strategies, constructing interview guides, data coding and analysis. Each class period will have a practical “how to” component where students can practice dealing with these issues. Read more about API-203: Research Design and Research Methods for Fieldwork
Qualitative methods are often essential in policy research, offering crucial insights into how a policy or program is actually implemented on the ground, how participants understand it, and how it plays out for individuals in specific cultural contexts living complex daily lives. Read more about API-207: Qualitative Methods in Policy Research
This doctoral level course combines informal lecture and discussion with practical exercises to build specific skills for conducting field research in organizations. Topics include: the role of theory in field research, variance versus process models, collecting and analyzing different kinds of data (observation, interview, survey), levels of analysis, construct development and validity, blending qualitative and quantitative data (in a paper, a study, or a career), and writing up field research for publication. Read more about API-218: Design of Field Research Methods
Policymakers and public managers often face difficult choices with no clear answers. The most successful are not only good at negotiating the politics of competing interests, but are also effective at using evidence to inform and then support their decisions. Read more about API-220: Reasoning From Evidence
Special problems occur in the interpretation of either qualitative or quantitative results based on non-experimental data--whether from surveys, historical research, or field work. These issues differ from those that can be resolved through statistical solutions.
Field research involves collecting original data (qualitative or quantitative) in field sites. The course will combine informal lecture and discussion with practical sessions designed to build specific skills for conducting field research in organizations. Readings include books and papers about research methodology, as well as articles that provide exemplars of field research, including both theory driven and phenomenon driven work. Read more about HBS 4070: Design of Field Research Methods
Introduces how to do research—assessing scholarly literatures, identifying interesting questions, formulating research designs, learning methods, and writing up results. We discuss each for both quantitative and qualitative studies.
Seminar focuses on weekly writing assignments leading to complete dissertation research proposals; defining theoretical and ethnographic contexts of research problem; reviewing literature; explaining site selection, methodology, timetable, human subjects protection; preparing budget; identifying grant sources.
Note: By permission only. Limited to doctoral candidates, with preference given to second and third year students in Anthropology.
Covers the issues and techniques central to designing and researching a good dissertation, whether quantitative or qualitative, including principles of research design, case selection, comparison, measurement, and causal relations, with many practical examples.
Note: Open to all doctoral students, regardless of year, and to advanced undergraduates.
This course is designed to provide guidance for students who are preparing for a qualitative research project and to stimulate rigorous discussion regarding the complexities of qualitative inquiry. Course readings and discussions focus particularly on studies in the fields of leadership and urban education. Building on prior preparation and experience in S-504, S-710B or S-710C, the course will develop students' knowledge of qualitative research through three distinct pedagogical practices: extensive reading and reflection, individually designed practice, and research community engagement. Read more about S-528 The Theory and Practice of Qualitative Research in Education
Research is the coin of the realm in academic life. But how can you design research that is compelling rather than pedestrian, interesting but also doable? Why do some studies move their fields forward, or speak powerfully to scholarly and public audiences, while many others do not? How can you channel the wide variety of your interests into a viable research project? And what are the logics, approaches, and techniques that will allow you to move from a broad set of interests to a tractable research project? These are the questions that this course seeks to answer. Read more about S-570 Logics of Research Design: How to Ask an Interesting Question and Get a Defensible Answer
Qualitative research can be used alone or in combination with quantitative research to investigate public health questions. This introductory-level course begins by examining the variety of potential uses of qualitative methods in public health research and diverse qualitative research approaches. Read more about SHH288 Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to qualitative methods for international health research. The module is designed to expose students to a wide range of topics including: developing research questions, sampling and site selection, frequently used qualitative methods (such as interviews, observations, focus groups), design of qualitative research protocols, as well as data management and analysis. Read more about GHP504 Applied Qualitative Methods for International Health Research
Training in the design and practice of qualitative research. Organized around illustrative texts, class exercises, and student projects. Topics include the process of gaining access to and participating in the social worlds of others; techniques of observation, fieldnote-taking, researcher self-monitoring and reflection; methods of inductive analysis of qualitative data including conceptual coding, grounded theory, and narrative analysis. Read more about 21A.760J Qualitative Research Methods (G)
Foundations of good empirical research in the social sciences. Introduction to the basic assumptions and underlying logic of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Explore a variety of approaches to research design, evaluate the products of empirical research, and practice several common techniques. Students develop a framework for their own research project.
This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative research methods; its specific focus is on policy research and aging. Students practice the skills needed to observe the world around us, by attending to social phenomena, descriptively and analytically. The course functions as both a seminar and a research workshop, and students learn by doing, engaging in a field work project.
This course provides an introduction to methodological issues faced in empirical work across the social sciences, with primary reference to political science. The issues addressed here are intended to apply to any empirical approach -- qualitative or quantitative, experimental or observational – and to any sort of theory, whether descriptive or causal. That said, the emphasis of the course is primarily on causal inference (rather than description) and the explanation of classes of events (rather than particular events), since these are the preoccupations of social science today.
Mixed methods research is moving across the social science landscape. Funding agencies now require a mixed methods component in their funding guidelines. This course introduces mixed methods designs approached from a qualitative (symbolic interaction, postmodern, feminist, etc.) and quantitative perspective (positivism). We introduce a "hands on" pedagogy to explore elements of mixed methods projects - from the formulation of questions to data collection, analysis and interpretation. We utilize a computer assisted program to analyze and interpret mixed methods data. Read more about SC 510 Approaches to Mixed Methods Research