IR 311 is designed for students interested in independent research to prepare them for honors and graduate fellowships (Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, etc.).
In IR 311, students will learn in a structured fashion how to design a research question, how to select their cases, how to develop hypotheses, how to situate their question in terms of the larger literature, and then how to embark on their independent research in the field, through interviews, surveys or in the archives for historical material.
In IR 311, students will write a research proposal (similar to that required for Fulbright), a literature review that places their research question in context of the current research (to be included in their spring application for honors), and a research design that combines the research proposal with the literature review and plans the data collection and hypothesis testing.
There are no exams. IR 311 is offered this semester on Tuesdays from 2-4:50pm, though waivers for course conflicts will be considered with appropriate alternative one-on-one time added at another time.