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Michael P. Brown
GEOG 511
Seattle Campus

Contemporary Research Design in Geography

Reviews the key steps in designing and executing high-caliber independent research in geography. Students generate a research proposal that can further their own thesis or dissertation research.

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This is an introduction to the design and methodology of social-science research in Geography. It focuses particularly on the design, set-up, and internal consistency in a geographic research project. It covers both scientific and interpretive epistemologies. Topics typically include: the nature and process of social research, literature reviews, conceptualization operationalization and measurement, sampling strategies, experiments and models, surveying, ethnography and qualitative interviewing, archival and unobtrusive research, and the ethics and politics of research. The course is specifically geared towards graduate students in Geography.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michael P. Brown
Date: 02/03/2014