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Elizabeth L. Kier
ekier@u.washington.edu
POL S 493
Seattle Campus

Qualitative Research Methods

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.

Class Description

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.

Recommended preparation

Texts. Course reader.

Class Assignments and Grading

Grading. written assignments: 70 % participation: 30 % TOTAL: 100 %


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ekier@u.washington.edu
Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 02/27/2003