Doctoral Seminar in Research Methods I

An open, spiral-bound notebook.

A notebook ready for the data of social empirical research, an understanding of which will be developed in this class. (Image courtesy of Ivan Soares Ferrer and stock.xchng.)


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Fall 2004



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This course is designed to lay the foundations of good empirical research in the social sciences. It does not deal with specific techniques per se, but rather with the assumptions and the logic underlying social research. Students become acquainted with a variety of approaches to research design, and are helped to develop their own research projects and to evaluate the products of empirical research.

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Jesper Sorensen, and Lotte Bailyn. 15.347 Doctoral Seminar in Research Methods I. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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