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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»

Research Seminar

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 2-4 модуль

Course Syllabus


This course is a freshmen introduction into the craft of academic research. The class is divided into two substantive blocks. The first one attempts to engage students into a broad discussion of what the research is and how working with academic literature contributes to producing original research. The second block covers some major elements of research design, thus, providing students with the general understanding of how the research process looks like and its anticipated outcomes.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic steps of conducting an academic research.
  • As a subgoal the course aims at developing the skill of writing a literature review as one of the steps of any research process.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students learn how to form a research design in social sciences, with all its parts and elements, by looking into specific examples.
  • Students explore what place does literature review take in a single research. Students learn what goals does literature review aims to reach.
  • Students learn how to download, use and administrate citation manager systems
  • Students learn what are the differences between the topic of a research and a research question. Students learn how to formulate a good research question.
  • Students explore how a research question connected with a broader research problem. Students learn to tie their questions to the theoretical problems in a particular field of study.
  • Students learn what theory and hypotheses are in social sciences. Students learn how to formulate hypotheses and how to work with them in their own research.
  • Students explore what academic research is and what role does it play in political science.
  • Students learn which parts does research include and how do they compose in a single paper.
  • Students learn the different ways to organize and structure a literature review.
  • Students explore the definitions of academic integrity and plagiarism. Students learn to differ the types of plagiarism. Students grasp how to avoid plagiarism in academic research and the penalties for breaking the rules.
  • Students learn how to operate in the university library and how to use the electronic resources.
  • Students learn how to transfer the concepts into the measurable and relevant for research variables.
  • Students learn how choose the best research design of future paper depending on the number of cases for analysis: experiment, statistics, comparative research and case-study. Students learn the differences and nuances of conducting different types of research.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • What is research: Introduction
  • What is research: Research as a process
  • What is research: Reading a research paper
  • What is a literature review?
  • What is a literature review: Reading a literature review
  • Plagiarism
  • Working in a library. Working with electronic resources
  • Research questions and research problems
  • Designing your research: how the number of cases affects the design of your paper?
  • Citation manager: Using the Zotero Software
  • Operationalization
  • Topics and research questions
  • Theories and hypotheses
  • Group discussion: team's literature reviews
  • Data: sources and analysis
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Written Assignment: Team Literature Review
    A literature review is a written assignment on a topic proposed by the team themselves and approved by DG instructor. Writing a paper on a chosen topic develops skills of written argumentation and critical thinking. A review has to include a clear statement of a question / thesis statement of a broader research problem; be explicit as regard the structuring principle of your review and briefly describe perspectives for further research in the concluding section of your review. Review structure: (1) Introduction which includes your question / thesis statement, broader research problem and the structuring principle of your text. (2) Body of the review which reviews the selected pieces of literature according to the selected structuring principle and in a way which allows your team to illuminate the question / thesis statement of your review. (3) Conclusion which sums up your review, provides an answer to your question or major arguments for your thesis statement, and elaborates on several avenues for further research.
  • non-blocking In-сlass Tests
  • non-blocking Final Assignment
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.25 * Final Assignment + 0.35 * In-сlass Tests + 0.4 * Written Assignment: Team Literature Review


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Wayne C. Booth et al. The Craft of Research (4th ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Ralph Berry. The Research Project. How to Write It (5th ed.). London: Routledge, 2004