This is a seminar on designing research and on writing effective research proposals. The exam and the proposal each count 50% of your grade. The problem statement is due in Week 3. The full literature search is due by week 6. A draft of your proposal is due by week 8 and the next-to-final draft is due in week 12. The final draft is due on the last day of class.
There is one exam. It will be distributed in week 4 and is due by class of week 11.
Much of what we learn in this seminar is the result of discussions about the research plans of the participants. This makes support for each other's work crucial to everyone's success. Support means coming prepared to provide helpful critiques and suggestions.
Send me all exams and proposal drafts by e-mail.
Text: Bernard, H. Russell 2006. Research Methods in Anthropology, 4th ed. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press
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Week 1 - Anthropology in the social sciences
Week 2 - The language and logic of social research
Week 3 - The design of social research. Experimental thinking. Testing hypotheses
Problem statement due
Week 4 - The logic of representative sampling. The central limit theorem. Time allocation.
Final exam distributed
Week 5 - Nonprobability sampling.
Week 6 - Composite measures: scales and indexes
Literature search due
Week 7 February 21, no class
Weeks 8-9 Analyzing quantitative data
Week 10 Spring break
Weeks 11-12 - Analyzing qualitative data
Weeks 13-16 - Presentations
Final exam due, week 11
Proposal due, week 12