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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Suggested Research Courses

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/agingstudies/resources/survivalkit/researchcourse.html
  • HLTH 630 (3 cr.) – Research Techniques for Health Science – This course examines research techniques and methods common to health science and related disciplines. Research design, development of research topics, literature review, data collection, analysis and presentation of research findings are addressed. Development of thesis or alternate plan paper research problem and corresponding literature review are required.
  • SOC 605 (3 cr.) – Seminar in Research Methods – This course is a graduate-level seminar designed as an advanced-level introduction or review of social science research methods. We will study the entire research process including problem definition, literature review, hypothesis development, method development, data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication. Traditional quantitative methods will be the primary focus. Students will write a research proposal as the term project. With appropriate planning, this proposal can serve as a draft for a thesis proposal.
  • WOST 620 (3 cr.) – Feminist Research Explore – methodological and epistemological issues in feminist research, as well as develop skills needed to conduct research. Will look at "traditional" and feminist approaches to research and spend time on analyzing the merits of qualitative and quantitative methods. The disciplinary focus will be in the social sciences, with an emphasis on sociological terminology and content. Calls for professional conferences will be collected in a folder and kept in the Women's Studies Office, and each student will be required to submit one abstract to a conference of his/her choice. The course will culminate with a class conference, in which students will have the opportunity to present his/her own research design.