URBAN STUDIES 984: RESEARCH PROJECT IN URBAN INSTITUTIONS

Fall 2009 Syllabus

Urban Studies 984 is a core course in the USP doctoral curriculum.

The class will provide experience in mastering research techniques and in designing research projects that will be applied in writing the doctoral dissertation and conducting research in one's chosen career. We will start the semester by dissecting exemplary pieces of research to explore how they were done.  Then, using contemporary Milwaukee as a research site, students will examine a variety of sources and methods for conducting urban research, including identifying and using quantitative data, archival, and institutional records; constructing oral history and survey research instruments, and conceptualization of a research design. Students will prepare, execute, write up and present an individual research design paper over the course of the semester. The course will also address the ethical and institutional issues surrounding human subjects’ research.

            James Gregory, Southern Diaspora:  How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America (Chapel Hill:  UNC Press, 2005).

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Discussion Topics, Assignments, and Due Dates

Week

Date

Topic  

1

Sept 2

Introduction:  Varieties of Urban Research Methods.  Plan for the semester.   First Short Assignment.

2

Sept 9

Reading for method: Gregory, pp. 1-152.  Framing Research Questions and Designs.  Research as Exploration, Description. Explanation, Experimentation.  Research Methods Reference Source:  Earl Babbie, The Practice of Social Research, library reserve, H62 .B2 2004.

3

Sept 16 Reading for method:  Gregory, remainder of book.  Elements of a Research Design.   First Short Assignment Due. 

4

Sept 23 Individual Meetings on your research program.  No  seminar.  Second Short Assignment.  Reading, TBA from results of Assignment 1.

5

Sept 30

Finding Existing Research on a Topic. Examples of Existing Research and Archival Sources.  Quantitative and Qualitative Research.  Second  Short Assignment Due: Submit paper topic for research proposal.  Reading, TBA  from results of Assignment 1.

6

Oct 7 Paper topic proposals returned.  Reviewing or Replicating Existing Research.  What is known about your proposed research project?  Begin Third Short Assignment: developing an  annotated bibliography.  

7

Oct 14 Looking at Methods Again:  What techniques can you use?  What obstacles do you face?  Laying out a research plan.  

8

Oct 21 Research Logistics.  What resources do you need to conduct your research?  Acquiring Funding?  Setting Aside Time?  Developing Additional Technical Expertise?  Third Short Assignment Due: Submit annotated bibliography for proposal.  

9

Oct 28 Human Subjects Research and IRB Applications.  Bibliographies returned. 

10

Nov 4

Research Logistics continued.  Collecting Data and Undertaking  Analysis.  Making sense of what you've found.

11 

Nov 11

Plans for presenting research:  Research paper or article; dissertation; research report; monograph.  Reference Formats.

12

Nov 18 Short Assignments 4 and 5: Oral  Presentations and Critiques. Guidelines for Presentations and CritiquesSchedule Requirements for Final Paper

13

Dec 2 Short Assignments 4 and 5: Oral Presentations and Critiques

14

Dec 9 Short Assignments 4 and 5: Oral Presentations and Critiques

15

Dec 16 Turn in Final Paper.