Qualitative Methods in Political Research
This course surveys qualitative methods used in political science research. The course covers the ideal-typical and practical uses of specific qualitative methods, including the comparative method, interviewing, participant observation, ethnography, and process tracing, among others. Examples used will come mainly from political science, sociology, and anthropology.
Format and Requirements
Active participation in seminar discussions, close readings of assigned texts, in-class presentations, analytic papers, hands-on assignments using qualitative methods, and two drafts of a dissertation prospectus.