Washington Center

General Research (Quarter and Semester)

Day and Time: 
Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
October 3 to December 12, 2014
Semester Dates: 
August 29 to December 12, 2014
Core Seminar

This seminar complements the internship experience of participants in the UCDC Quarter in Washington program and is the keystone classroom component of the program. The intent of the course is to guide students through the process of conducting focused and detailed research. Students will learn to frame a research question, build an explanatory theory, develop a feasible research strategy, gather data, either from a variety of data sources, or in the "field," and then write a paper, largely based on their internship placement and experience in Washington. Through readings and written analysis, we will examine the qualities of solid, empirical research: significance, focus, clarity, and persuasiveness. Exploring the themes will help you to critically evaluate other research and improve your own skills as a researcher and writer.

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