This course seeks to transcend conventional research methods by integrating knowledge that is contextually and culturally relevant to the problems, sensibilities, and experiences in non-western societies. The main assumption of this course is that due to the different social fabric, societies characterized by poverty and recent colonialism pose research challenges unlike those in the United States and other western countries.
The course will examine various research methodologies as they apply to non-western settings. This also includes data collection, research strategies, and research methods that inform practical applications, recommendations for program improvements, and future interventions and cost-effective approaches.
The course promotes the exchange of criteria and opinions about research methods based on case studies and through group work among the participants and discussions with the instructor. It also concentrates on benefits of research in non-western settings as applied to designing and implementing effective communication programs.
Participants will be able to understand research processes in non-western settings, including challenges. In addition, participants will be able to determine when to employ various research methods and approaches, the advantages and disadvantages of each one, and how to overcome them. Data collection techniques will be acquired as well as analytical skills for evaluating different approaches to field research in non-western settings. Participants will also design strategies based on specific development requirements and submit a research proposal which utilizes the research skills with regard to a current development issues.
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Registration information can be obtained by contacting Rafael Obregon, Ph.D.