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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Research Methods in International Studies (IN540)

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About this course

Led by Hiroshi Nakazato, adjunct assistant professor and Associate Director of the International Studies Program, this course provides students with the tools to conduct academic research and to effectively produce research papers. It lays the groundwork for understanding qualitative research methods in the social sciences by covering three separate aspects: the models and theories behind research, the rationale of academic research, and the process of conducting one’s own academic research.

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This four-minute video clip, taped on November 19, 2009, provides a brief glimpse of the class as Prof. Nakazato discusses different approaches to conducting academic research and writing comprehensive research articles.

Andrea Gordon ’10 and Ryanne Fenimore ’11 discuss the course, why they decided to take it, and what they’ve learned from it.


About the professor

Hiroshi Nakazato, a visiting assistant professor in international studies, teaches courses in international politics, international law, security studies, and research methods. His research interests include international relations theory and U.S. civil-military relations. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary and his PhD from Boston College.

In this short video, Prof. Nakazato introduces himself and discusses his background.