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October 25, 2014

Canadian Excellence

PO602: Understanding Research Methods



The course examines the logic of research design and methodology. It is intended for MA
students who may or may not have completed a research methods course at the undergraduate
level. Two main objectives are pursued: 1) familiarize students with the strengths and
weaknesses of different research designs; and 2) provide students with the ability to evaluate
findings that are based on empirical research. In addition, students gain some first-hand
experience with data analysis.