Research is the process of asking questions of the world and gathering evidence to produce new knowledge. The skill of research design, like any other kind of design, is an innovative, creative, even artistic process. And like other kinds of design, a good one works well and a bad one will not tell you anything new. Bad designs just confirm preconceived notions about the world. This course will guide you through the steps of a rigorous academic research project that helps you ask the kind of questions that, if you are successful, will yield surprising, complex answers about the world.