DS 600: Social Science Research Methodology

In this course the students are introduced to the role and the character of social science research and its application to developing countries. The course focuses on scientific approach to inquiry: approaches to knowledge, assumptions of scientific inquiry, the functions of scientific methodology; social sciences and the production of knowledge; main stages of a research process: formulation of research proposals, problem identification, definition, and justification, research objectives, conceptual framework, formulation of indicators and hypotheses, levels of measurement, research methods, research design, sampling procedures; classification of surveys, design of questionnaires; qualitative data collection methods; participatory research techniques, participatory rural appraisal (PRA), rapid rural appraisal; data management; presenting empirical data; interpreting research results; the organization and writing of a research report; evaluation of research performance.