Elizabeth L. Kier
POL S 493
Introduction to qualitative methods in political science, emphasizing practical experience with techniques. Readings and exercises cover research design, multiple methods, varieties of qualitative data, measurement and validation, participant observation, interviewing, and content analysis. Research decision-making issues include analytical strategies, presentation of data, ethics, epistemology, and theory-building.
Description. Introduction to qualitative methods in Political Science. Topics include research design, causal analysis, case study methods, comparative-historical methods, temporality, critical junctures, path dependence, process tracing, counterfactuals, participant observation, interviewing, and the ethics of research.
Texts. Course reader.
Class Assignments and Grading
Grading. written assignments: 70 % participation: 30 % TOTAL: 100 %