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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Steve Meyer. 17.878 Qualitative Research: Design and Methods. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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