AP300 Research Methods for Humane Change

Course Description

The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with research resources and tools that can be employed on behalf of animals. Students will learn the basics of how to find, conduct, and critique research. The course will review the basic principles of literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and how to research issues, organizations, and communities. Research exercises will enable students to enhance research skills and to prepare for the capstone and other coursework in the program. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  • Distinguish among a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods and select appropriate methods to carry out a study;
  • Formulate research questions and complete a literature review; and
  • Critique and design social science research

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • The Fundamentals of Research Methods for Humane Change
  • Literature Review and Resource on Animal Issues
  • Quantitative Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Legislative and Policy Research
  • Strategic Research
  • Corporate and Economic Research
  • Designing A Research Project for Your Capstone

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Fielding, W. J., Mather, J. and Isaacs, M. (2005). Potcakes. Dogs Ownership in New Providence, The Bahamas. West Layfette, IN: Purdue University Press.
  • Gonick, L. and Smith, W. (2005). The Cartoon Guide to Statistics. New York, NY: Collins Reference.
  • Leedy, P. and J. Ellis Ormrod. (2005). Practical Research: Planning and Design. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.
  • Turabian, K. et al. (2007). A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.