Research Methods for Development

The main purpose of this course is to teach student to understand the basics steps in the research process. We begin with an explanation of research design so that students can see how a research question may be answered. Once the framework for research is established the students will learn some basic statistics for describing variables and the relationships between variables.

The rest of the course will provide students with useful tools for engaging in empirical research and understanding literature that uses empirical methods. Students will learn how to think about theoretical problems in terms of statistical models, and will add bivariate statistics, content analysis, grounded theory analysis and linear regression to their methodological toolbox.

Much of this course will involve learning statistical methods and computer software and applying them using real-world data. To understand the routines we ask the computer to perform for us, yet a tolerance for algebra and computer software will be a necessity.

This class requires a lot of effort and concentration by the student. It is really important that you keep up with the readings, attend class regularly, and start working on the assignments well ahead of time.

This course is taught by Dr. Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom