Master's Degree - Community Development

Course Information
Community Analysis: Introduction to Methods

Course Description
This course introduces research methods relevant to community development and gives attention to research ethics and inclusiveness. Course topics include how to formulate and begin research, how to collect data, and how conceptual frameworks are used to develop research questions and analyze data. The course emphasis is on strategies for reporting findings, applying findings in community action, and methods of evaluating the entire research process.

Candace May
Office: 605-688-4084

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2014. Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches.
Neuman, Lawrence W.
Edition: 7th Edition – Pearson New International Edition.
Publisher: Edinburgh Gate: Pearson

2017. Case Study Research: Design and Methods
Yin, R.
Publisher: Sage Publications: Thousand Islands.

Course Access
Approximately 2-3 weeks before the first day of class, the SDSU campus coordinator, Sarah (Heewon) Kim, will email course access information to visiting students. 
Your username and password for D2L will be the same when you first log in. For example, if your name is MaryJo McCullough, then your username will be MaryJo.McCullough and your password will be MaryJo.McCullough. Usernames and passwords are case sensitive and you will be required to change your password once you have logged in.
If you have trouble completing any of the steps above, forget your password, or have any questions, please contact the SDState Support Desk at 605-688-6776 for assistance.

Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.


Any years or editions of these books is fine. Just note that the page numbers and examples may vary. The important content however will be the same. Instructor will have scanned copies of the sections of these that she will have students reading - but the quality might not be the best or most accessible.

Required Textbooks
Neuman, Lawrence W. 2014. Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. 7th Edition. Pearson New International Edition. Edinburgh Gate: Pearson.

Yin, R. 2017. Case Study Research: Design and Methods. Sage Publications: Thousand Islands.

Suggested/Optional Textbooks:
LaRocque, P. 2003. The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well. Marion Street Press. ISBN: 978-0989236706

Leavy, P. 2017. Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Art-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches. Guilford Press.

Strunk, W. & White, E. B. 2016. Elements of Style. 4th Edition. Spectrum Ink Publishing. ISBN: 978-1945644016. Also available at:

Turabian, K. 2013. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th Edition. University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226816388

University Members
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