Qualitative and Multi-Method Research

For a draft of the current syllabus, see here.

This graduate seminar introduces students to the rapidly evolving field of qualitative and multi-method research. The seminar is designed to provide students with an overview of qualitative methods essential to political science research. In addition, we will consider a range of ways in which qualitative methods can be integrated with other research methodologies, such as field and natural experiments, formal models, and statistical modeling. Required readings cover classic texts, recent innovations, and applied examples. Note that this means there is a lot of reading! Students are expected to become familiar with both the methodological ideas and their substantive application.

The ultimate goal of the course is to provide students with the background necessary to pursue qualitative and multi-method methods in their own original research. It will enable students to master core tools, understand basic problems, and explore advanced topics. Students should ultimately be able to apply these methods in writing a dissertation prospectus, grant proposal, or research paper.


Additional courses at the University of California, Berkeley – Political Science and Goldman School of Public Policy:

Graduate
Politics and Policy-Making in Developing Countries (Fall 2013, 2017)
Law, Politics, and Policymaking (Spring 2017)
Democratic Representation and Distributive Politics (Fall 2017)
Qualitative and Multi-method Research (Spring 2016, 2019)
Advanced Policy Analysis (Spring 2016, 2017)
Public Policy and Natural Disasters (Spring 2015)

Undergraduate
Democratic Representation and Distributive Politics, Junior Seminar (Spring 2017)
India Politics and Policy (Spring 2015)


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