Introduction to research methods | Humanities & Social Sciences

Introduction to research methods

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Course Objective

The main objective of this course is to introduce PhD students to the basics elements of research design and methods such as identify their paradigm of inquiry, research questions, variables of interest and sample of respondents for their research studies.

Course Content

This course will begin with introducing students to different paradigms of inquiry and research with implications for methodology. It will then provide an overview of how to formulate research questions and hypotheses, identify unit of analysis, conceptualize and operationalize variables of interest. The students will be familiarized with random and non-random methods of sampling. The discourse on research ethics will be an integral part of most discussions in this course.

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