ES 707: Intro Research Dsgn


83918 (for web registration)




James Karlan






Summer 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Sat 6/23 (2:00PM-5:59PM)
Sun 6/24 - 6/26 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Thu 6/28 (12:00PM-3:59PM)
Wed 6/27 (2:00PM-5:59PM)
Fri 6/29 (2:00PM-5:59PM)


Competency Area: Foundation
Restricted to Ph.D. I students.
Note: There will be pre-readings and preparatory work before classes.

The purpose of this course is to become familiar with a variety of research paradigms and to study the different lenses that they provide for viewing and understanding both physical and social environments. Within paradigms, you will try out different methodological approaches, such as surveys, in-depth interviews, case studies, and quasi experiments. Through the development of a research proposal of interest to you, you will ground discussions of theory in the practical concerns of research: framing research questions; designing a study; collecting and analyzing data; dealing with validity, reliability, and ethical issues; and writing a research report. Additional contact hours will be met by specific on-line coursework.
*Required materials: In addition to the required readings that will be described in the syllabus, students are expected to have access to a web-based video-camera and a headset with microphone for one’s computer. This will allow us to satisfy additional contact hours via multi-point synchronous video conferencing.