SEC 760 Applied Research Methodology

This course is an introduction to applied research methods for conducting doctoral-level inquiry, with emphasis on methods for studying mass movements and social networks. It covers general qualitative and quantitative frameworks for research design, data collection, analysis, quality control, verification, and data presentation. The course focuses on classic research traditions such as biography, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. In addition, it provides methodological frameworks for survey research, mathematical modeling, and social networks analysis.

This course is offered in the following degree programs:

The course learning outcomes that you will demonstrate upon completion of this course are as follows:

Research, evaluate, and review literature on topics in the area of strategic security.

Distinguish and formulate problem statements, purpose statements, and research questions that address strategic security issues and problems.

Evaluate the appropriateness of qualitative and quantitative methods of social movements and networks analysis for use in intelligence applications.

Develop an understanding of security sensitive data collection and analytic methodologies for doctoral-level inquiry by leaders in strategic security fields.

Draft literature reviews and compose concept papers for doctoral level research.

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