This class is intended to accomplish two goals. First, this is a class for you to develop tools to pose empirical questions and answer them in a social scientific fashion. Second, as this class is an essential prerequisite to DIPL 4101, you will finish this class having developed a template for your senior project.
To accomplish this first goal, we will spend the bulk of class time on understanding both qualitative and quantitative research. The second goal is one of application – you will use insights picked up throughout the class to produce a research design of your own for use in DIPL 4101.
It is worth stressing that this class will be daunting. We will work at a pace faster than other sections, and we will cover more material. Graduate students often find this material a challenge. This is not because the material is impossible – but rather because it involves thinking in unaccustomed ways. The second part of the course also involves a great deal of math, which many of us were taught to avoid.
Puskarova, Paula, "Investigating International Relations" (2016). Diplomacy Syllabi. 55.