This course provides a survey of qualitative methodology in social research. The first part examines debates regarding the value, place and logic of qualitative research designs vis-à-vis statistical analyses. We evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of using intensive studies and small-N comparisons to describe, interpret and explain particular cases, and to make larger generalizations about the political world. The second part of the course examines various aspects of qualitative research design. Topics include the formation and measurement of concepts, case selection and comparative research strategies, and the ethics, politics and realities of fieldwork. The third part of the course examines, and provides an opportunity to employ, particular methods to collect, evaluate and analyze qualitative data. We consider the practicalities of conducting archival research, in-depth interviews, participant observation and surveys, as well as counterfactual reasoning, discourse analysis and process tracing.
College: New School for Social Research (GF)
Department: Politics (GPOL)
Campus: New York City (GV)
Course Format: Seminar (R)
Max Enrollment: 18
Enrollment Status: Open*
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