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Spring 2016
LAW508  A  ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS

Course Description
This course seeks to cover classic and contemporary approaches to social research with an emphasis on the logic of formulating questions to the empirical world and seeking reliable answers to them. Although all such efforts are in a sense comparative, the course will pay special emphasis to comparisons between large social units – such as communities, cities, and nations – and alternative methodologies designed to deal effectively with them. Students will be asked to formulate and defend a research proposal on a topic of their choice. The elaboration of this research proposal is a central goal of the course. Several statistical techniques for the analysis of reliability and validity and for causal analysis will be covered. However, the core emphasis will be on the logic of theory formulation and hypothesis testing.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-11-2016 - 04-20-2016   R  5:30 PM-8:20 PM TBD

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite:
Method of Evaluation: One-fourth in-class mid-term examination One-fourth research proposal One-fourth take-home final examination One-fourth class attendance and presentation
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes:
Co-Listed Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None

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Professor(s)

PORTES, ALEJANDRO


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: aportes@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-3215
Office: G267