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Sara R Curran
SIS 511
Seattle Campus

Research Design and Methods for International Studies

Review of the approaches to posing and answering research questions in the disciplines affiliated with international studies. Explores epistemological approaches and associated methodologies to prepare students to effectively read across the literature of international studies, develop their own research design based on a research question, and write a research proposal. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course is designed to provide graduate students in international studies with a review of the approaches to posing and answering research questions in the social science disciplines affiliated with international studies. Students will learn about various epistemological approaches and the methodologies associated with them in order to effectively read across the scholarly literature of international studies, develop their own research design based on a finely honed research question, and write a research proposal.

Student learning goals

Reflect on personal and professional values and ethics

Develop an appreciation for the importance of critical disciplinary awareness

Develop an appreciation for a praxis--reflective and active--approach to learning and research

Identify areas of growth and continued learning toward personal and professional development

Identify and describe the major theoretical paradigms and methodological paradigms that frame approaches to international studies research

Understand and describe the concepts and practices of different social science methods

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Read everything assigned and actively participate in classroom discussion. (20%) Complete 5 Reviewer Comments to Colleagues. (10%) Complete five short assignments on time. (50%) Research Proposal (25%)

See above, and: There is a possible 20 points for attendance and participation; Class participation will be evaluated by (1) contributions of the questions and comments raised in class, (2) participation in dialogue with others in both small group and full-class situations, (3) evidence of reading the required materials, and (4) class attendance.


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 M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/26/2011