An introduction of issues and methods in the design of social science research, including field work, beginning with discussion of the philosophy of social science. Methods of falsification or validation of claims to knowledge in traditional anthropological contexts; readings include Kuhn and Campbell. Attention to the design of scientifically rigorous qualitative and quantitative research. Each student applies these concepts by designing an original proposal that meets both intellectual criteria and the requirements of funding agencies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.