Course Outline MA(IL) 806
The purpose of this course is to provide you with
opportunity to develop topics and methods that help you in designing a
that will be useful for approaching your required project.
In particular we will discuss the approaches
to topics that are used in the social sciences and stress the structure
of arguments that can be helpful in developing your projects. The key feature of the course will be an
incremental project. Each week will
a five (or more) page increment to a single essay that progressively
develop the themes presented in lecture and discussion.
The references below illustrate some of the books that have been written. There is no text for the course.
Silverman, D. Doing Qualitative Research: A
Handbook H62 S55 2000
Friedman S. and S. Steinberg. Writing and Thinking in the Social Sciences H 62 F727
Hart, C. Doing a Literature Review H 62 H2566 1998
Grading will be based on the progressive essay (50%), classroom participation (25%), and the completed essay (25%).
I. General Approaches to Preparing a
Project: A User's Guide to
a. Introduction and Outline
b. Getting to know you and your interests
c. Writing in the social sciences
d. Expositions versus criticism
e. Choosing your topic versus knowing your area of interest
f. Work on the 'homework' essay