Purpose of this Course and Anticipated Learning Outcomes
In order to design a solid research proposal as well as assess other research efforts, it is important to be able to understand the assumptions and arguments that underpin a given methodological approach. In academic and intellectual development, it is crucial to discern the value of a given research effort, finding, or conclusion. This is done by building a critical base in order to support and/or challenge a given research methodology. This course provides students with an overview of some of the key concepts and debates that characterize scientific research and allows students to explore and develop (and, ultimately, argue convincingly for) their own research, while also being able to assess others’ research assumptions.
After successfully completing the course you will be able to:
- comprehend a selection of relevant epistemological and methodological concepts and debates in environmental research;
- assess the strengths and limitations inherent in different research assumptions; and
- articulate and justify your own research assumptions