Graduate Course Catalog 2007-2009

COURSE: 51-725 Conceptualizing and Designing a Researchable Project I (3)
This is the first of two courses that is intended to get candidates thinking immediately about a manageable and sound research project that they can conduct for their doctoral dissertation. Candidates will learn that all research is driven by two broad questions: an empirical question that can be answered from some kind of evidence or data; and a theoretical question that derives from some contested conceptual issue in a field. Either kind of question can be an entry point into a study, but ultimately, what research comes down to is, that it is an argument that aims to persuade an audience of the answer to both questions. Following this introduction, the course examines the methodological literature in case study. The aim is to help candidates understand case study as a research strategy and to get them to begin thinking about "what do I need to know in order to be able to design and execute a good case study?"