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  1. Hello there, I'm from Turkey with a Law B.A. and a political science M.A. (still studying on my thesis), and I am planning to apply sociology phd programs in the USA. However, the qualitative analysis method is preferred in most of the social sciences programs, and quantitative method is not taught enough or maybe not at all (in my case). I did not took any calculus or statistics class. As I see, on the other hand. the social sciences are tended to prefer quantitative analysis method in the USA. So, I don't want to waste my time/money/effort to apply for programs which I cannot be accepted, and I think that my chance would increase if I apply for the schools which prefer qualitative method or at least tolerate it. Do you know what programs would be better for me in this regard? Thanks!
  2. HI all! I'm new to the forum, so I hope you will forgive me if this question has been asked already. However, these days changes in the discipline are so fast, that perhaps information like this should be updated once in a while. Anyway, getting down to business. I was wondering how the top PhD programs in the US compare when it comes to their methodological allegiances. For example, I prefer qualitative methods, though I'd like to incorporate quantitative methods into my work. So when I'm going to apply for schools I want to make sure that I will not end up having to take 6 quantitative courses and only one qualitative course just because no more was offered. So if we can gather opinions on the major phd programs with respect to their methodologies, it will be very helpful for many people like me, who are wary of the increasing quantification of political science. I really am not trying to throw stones at quant people, but I feel sometimes unjustly pressured into doing much quantitative work at the expense of my own interests and epistemological choices. So can we gather opinions on schools like: Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, UPenn, NYU, UCLA, Berkeley, UCSD, Northwestern, Emory, Wisconsin, Michigan, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Uni of Chicago, MIT, Duke, CalTech... Please, if I forgot to mention any other unis, just write them down as well, I just can't think of everything off the top of my head and don't mean to downplay anyone Many thanks!
  3. I am currently a a Master's student in the Sociology department at WVU. I am looking to apply to PhD programs for next fall (Fall 2017). I prefer qualitative methods (ethnography, urban sociology) and would like to find a program with a strong qualitative focus. Google is only decently helpful, and I hate trying to use 'official' rankings as a unit of measurement. Does anyone have any suggestions on programs and/or faculty? Thanks!!
  4. I will be finishing my MA in Political Science in Fall of 2016/Spring 2017 (depending on questionable funding situation with my dept.). I've begun preparing the schools I will be applying to this winter, and am hoping to get some advice on which departments might fit my research interests. I'm not married to getting my PhD in Political Science, and am looking at Anthropology, Sociology, and History programs as well. However, I want to teach Political Theory courses, so Poli Sci is the field I am most interested in continuing my career in. My research has focused heavily on late career Foucault, as well as the Control Thesis of Deleuze. Using their concepts like discipline, control, technologies of power, govermentality, etc I have done in depth analyses of applied subjects. For instance, this year I am working on 3 major papers in this vein, one looking at contemporary Europe, another a literary topian comparison between Walden 2 and Brave New World, and the final being analysis of contemporary American governing practices. It is my hope to continue work on the final paper, using Foucauldian analysis to engage in a larger American Political Development work. I'm looking for a department that will be conducive to these kinds of projects. In addition, I am hoping to go somewhere with a qualitative focus, or at least somewhere that balances qual/quant requirements. I've done a bit of research and have a good list of potential places to apply. Does anyone have any further suggestions to look into? I know "help me hunt down a good qualitative program" is a common question, but I thought I should be more specific. Thanks in advance. Here are the departments I'm already considering, from a wide variety of USNWP rankings: Johns Hopkins University of Virginia University of Oregon University of Colorado Boulder University of Washington UC Berkeley (PSCI and Anthropology) Northwestern U of Minnesota Indiana U-Bloomington Wisconsin-Madison (PSCI and Sociology) Rice (anthropology)
  5. Can anyone please help me with this question? (the second part of the question)What happens when a person decides to withdraw or becomes distressed part-way through the focus group and what are the procedures in place to allow withdrawal in front of others so it does not negatively impact on the participant? In other words, how can a participant leave in front of the other participants without judgement i suppose? I really can't seem to get my head around the issue. I've searched other journals for inspiration but there seems to be no way of doing it other than making sure the participant is well informed beforehand.
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