HL640 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Course Description

Studying human-animal interactions is rich with opportunities to implement well-designed research from a variety of perspectives. Conducting this research serves the anthrozoological field well by adding or building upon the existing empirical work. This course sets the stage for the Field Placement and Thesis courses. Through experiential assignments, students will review a variety of qualitative and quantitative research approaches and apply these to their chosen research project. Students will benefit by identifying their cumulative project in this course, although this is not essential. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the range of methodologies and methods which are available to a researcher and the situations in which they may be appropriate and more effective
  • Demonstrate the capacity to think critically about what is written about research and the research processes, not taking ideas for granted
  • Demonstrate understanding of the many issues of which a researcher should be aware, from researcher bias, through various ethical concerns to more pragmatic issues in research

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Best, J. (2008). Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Leedy, P.D. and Ormrod, J.E. (2012), Practical Research (10th ed.), Boston: Pearson.
  • Neuman, W. L. (2011), Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (7th Ed.). Allyn & Bacon.