This course is dedicated to understanding how to pursue research in Gandhi and Peace Studies and related disciplines of social sciences and analyse, interpret, and make sense of the social world. The course begins with broad questions about knowledge production that underguard our approach to any social science discipline or related inquiry. The researcher will next learn about and practice both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including digital content analysis, interviewing, and survey research. As part of the course, students will learn the rudiments of using statistical software for analysing survey responses; no prior training in statistics is required (or expected). The goals of this course are for you to:
1. Develop your own empirical research question(s) and ability to find answers.
2. Understand how social scientists generate knowledge about the social world, and why
we do it the ways we do.
3. Know how to use a variety of tools and approaches to assist in your (or others’) research