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Bruce Burgett
BPOLST 591
Bothell Campus

Policy Studies Research Colloquium

Policy researchers and practitioner experts present topics and/or research projects in a variety of policy fields. Discussion regarding the research and its broader implications to theory and/or practice follows the presentation. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

This seminar course showcases research-in-progress by faculty members at the IAS Research Colloquium. We have designed the course and colloquium to provide a venue where graduate (and undergraduate) students can interact with faculty members in conversations about their research, gain a sense of how research practices shift as they move across disciplines and sectors, and think critically and creatively about the implications of different forms of research design. Our hope is that the conversations will help you to shape your own research projects and to build an intellectual network that can support their completion. The course will take on the same structure from quarter-to-quarter and students are encouraged to enroll in the course more than once. Each course will focus on three presentations by faculty members. Each presentation will be framed by a reading (or two) by the faculty member and on-line discussion of it, active participation at the presentation, and a follow-up on-line discussion. The colloquium will take place on the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00-5:30, with an extra half hour (3:30-4:00) added to the first meeting of each quarter.

Student learning goals

Student will interact with faculty members in conversations about their research.

Students will gain a sense of how research practices, methods, and methodologies shift as they move across disciplines and sectors.

Students will think critically and creatively about the implications of different forms of research design.

General method of instruction

The course will take on the same structure from quarter-to-quarter and students are encouraged to enroll in the course more than once. Each course will focus on three presentations by faculty members. Each presentation will be framed by a reading (or two) by the faculty member and on-line discussion of it, active participation at the presentation, and a follow-up on-line discussion. The colloquium will take place on the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00-5:30, with an extra half hour (3:30-4:00) added to the first meeting of each quarter.

Recommended preparation

Interest in the course content and learning objectives.

Class assignments and grading

Aside from the three monthly colloquium sessions, all of the work in the seminar will be conducted on-line through Blackboard. In relation to each of the three colloquium meetings, we ask that you complete the assigned reading(s) and post your written response to Blackboard by the Sunday prior to the colloquium. You will then attend the colloquium and participate actively in the discussion. This discussion will conclude with another posting to the appropriate discussion forum by the Friday after the colloquium.

In addition to the three iterations of this cycle (reading-discussion/symposium/follow-up discussion), we ask that you finish your work for the seminar as a whole by submitting a concluding essay in which reflection on our discussions for that quarter by the Monday after the last of the three colloquia.

Prompts for these assignments are included below. They are also posted on Blackboard under assignments and in the appropriate discussion forum.

This is a credit/no credit course. To pass the seminar, you will need to complete all of these assignments by the dates listed below and participate in all of the events.


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 Bruce Burgett
Date: 08/05/2010