Qualitative Research: Design and Methods

A map depicting the range of Soviet missiles from Cuba.

A map depicting the range of Soviet missiles, if launched from Cuba. The Cuban Missile Crisis is often used as a case study in political science research. (Image courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.)


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Spring 2005



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This seminar explores the development and application of qualitative research designs and methods in political analysis. It considers a broad array of approaches, from exploratory narratives to focused-comparison case studies, for investigating plausible alternative hypotheses. The focus is on analysis, not data collection.

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Meyer, Steve. 17.878 Qualitative Research: Design and Methods, Spring 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/political-science/17-878-qualitative-research-design-and-methods-spring-2005 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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