This course is designed to help students develop their
research design skills in qualitative methods.
The objective is to enable graduate students to
create and critique sophisticated qualitative research
designs in political science. In order to do so,
the seminar explores the techniques,
strengths, and limitations of qualitative methods by
scrutinizing the logic and application of comparative
case-studies, process-tracing, and discourse analysis.
The course further takes on epistemological
issues in the social sciences such as causality, theory
testing, case selection, inference, and the
philosophy of social science. Even though qualitative
research can stand on its own, this course
stresses the advantages of not viewing the qualitative
methods in isolation from other methods.
Accordingly, the course encourages the use and application
of multi-method research in political science.
It also aims to expose students to ethical considerations
in research and publishing.