Sep 24, 2020  
2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog

ANT 460 - Research Design & Methods


This seminar course for upper level undergraduate students emphasizes the integration of social science theories and methods for the development of research proposals. In this course, students define a research problem, identify a set of research questions or hypotheses, and design a plan of action to carry out their own research. In the process, students become familiar with research ethics, IRB protocols, and a suite of methodological tools used by anthropologists and others to produce social science research. In-class discussions allow students to critically assess benefits and limitations of various field methods, qualitative vs. quantitative approaches, and analytical techniques. In-class workshops allow students to discuss their own research ideas on a regular basis with classmates and instructor. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of the research process while gaining hands-on experience designing, researching, writing, and presenting their work while building relationships with faculty and peers. The course will allow students to engage in anthropological inquiries and debates while honing skills in communication, argumentation, and problem solving that will be useful beyond the classroom.

General Education Requirements: Capstone and Writing Intensive

Prerequisites: Permission is required.  Junior or Senior standing in the Anthropology or International Affairs (CCG concentration) or Human Dimensions of Climate Change majors.

Course Typically Offered: Spring

Credits: 3