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Sara R Curran
PB AF 525
Seattle Campus

Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysis

Reviews qualitative research methods developed in the social sciences, exposure to writings from the field, opportunities to practice fieldwork, and feedback on a proposed study that employs qualitative methods.

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This course is designed to provide graduate students in the social sciences with a review of qualitative research methods, exposure to writings from the field, opportunities to try their hand at practicing fieldwork, and feedback on a proposed study that employs qualitative methods. This course is the first of a three-course sequence and focuses more on theoretical approaches to various types of qualitative research and practical techniques of various methods. There will be some emphasis on study design, case selection, and field notes. There will be little attention to coding, analysis, writing, and presenting findings. These elements of qualitative research can be learned about and practiced in the subsequent field methods courses.

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Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 07/20/2009