Sara R Curran
Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.
This course is the first of a two-quarter course sequence for MAIS students. Students will identify a research question, meet with faculty in the relevant area, identify an advisor, and initiate research. There will be formal presentations by the instructor and other faculty. The course will first emphasize the scoping of a field of work, and second will guide students through the transition from reviewing and mastering the literature in an area of interest, to framing precise research questions and conceptualizing key concepts.
Student learning goals
Develop a scholarly definition of your field of interest and the key ideas within that field, including the central claims and evidences in that field
Scope the field of interest within the Jackson School's four broad fields of graduate study
Identify the primary disciplinary audience and journals associated with your field of interest and the central questions of interest to that audience
Write a precis on your thesis, including a statement of your research question, a motive and justification, explicate the warrants behind your research question
Write a literature review that substantiates your claims and provides evidence to support the motive and justification for your research question
General method of instruction
Lecture; workshop participation.
MAIS 500. Concurrent enrollment in MAIS 501.
Class assignments and grading
5 written assignments. Completion of required reading. Participation online and during course.
30% assignments 15% readings 15% participation