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Sara R Curran
PB AF 599
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Study and analysis of special topics in public affairs. Topics vary each quarter depending on curricular needs and interests of students and faculty.

Class description

** Topic: Qualitative Methods ** 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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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 Blake N Cooper
Date: 08/06/2008