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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»

Research Seminar

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 1-3 модуль

Преподаватель

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course highlights, first of all, the scientific component of research activity, rather than pursuits to answer any substantive political questions. The first part of this course is aimed at developing skills of writing good literature review. The second part (last thirteen classes) gets students acquainted with three kinds of research strategies (case study, comparative and experimental) which are extremely in demand in contemporary political science (statistical research strategy will be considered within Quantitative Methods course)
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic steps of conducting an academic research
  • The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic steps of conducting an academic research
  • This course highlights, first of all, the scientific component of research activity, rather than pursuits to answer any substantive political questions. The first part of this course (Module 1) is aimed at developing skills of writing good literature review. The second part (Modules 2-4) gets students acquainted with four kinds of research strategies (case study, comparative, statistical and experimental) which are extremely in demand in contemporary political science.
  • This course highlights, first of all, the scientific component of research activity, rather than pursuits to answer any substantive political questions. The first part of this course (Module 1) is aimed at developing skills of writing good literature review. The second part (Modules 2-4) gets students acquainted with four kinds of research strategies (case study, comparative, statistical and experimental) which are extremely in demand in contemporary political science.
  • As a subgoal the course aims at developing the skill of writing a literature review as one of the steps of any research process
  • 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

  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
  • Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
  • Able to outlines the need for resources and plan its using for solving professional problems
  • Able to outlines the need for resources and plan its using for solving professional problems
  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • Able to identify scientific subject
  • Able to identify scientific subject
  • The students will learn how to form a research design in social sciences, with all its elements and with all its parts, by looking into specific examples
  • The students will learn how to form a research design in social sciences, with all its elements and with all its parts, by looking into specific examples
  • The students will learn the differences between subject and topic in the world of research by looking into several examples
  • The students will learn the differences between subject and topic in the world of research by looking into several examples
  • The students will learn to write their own literature reviews on their own research topics, using all the knowledge they have adquired on research, knowing how to quote and how to structure the text while properly linking concepts, ideas and theories related to their own research
  • The students will learn to write their own literature reviews on their own research topics, using all the knowledge they have adquired on research, knowing how to quote and how to structure the text while properly linking concepts, ideas and theories related to their own research
  • The students will learn what kind of research questions can be formulated and what kind of research problems there are.
  • The students will learn what kind of research questions can be formulated and what kind of research problems there are.
  • The students will learn what theory and hypotheses are in social sciences and how to work with them in their own research.
  • The students will learn what theory and hypotheses are in social sciences and how to work with them in their own research.
  • The students will learn with several practical exercises how to download, use and administrate citation manager systems
  • The students will learn with several practical exercises how to download, use and administrate citation manager systems
  • The students will look into several literature reviews and distinguish their structure, their elements and what kind of literature reviews may be found in political science and as well as in social sciences in general.
  • The students will look into several literature reviews and distinguish their structure, their elements and what kind of literature reviews may be found in political science and as well as in social sciences in general.
  • Able to do research, including the problem analysis, setting goals and objectives, defining the research subject, selecting research methods including its quality control
  • Able to do research, including the problem analysis, setting goals and objectives, defining the research subject, selecting research methods including its quality control
  • Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
  • Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
  • Student is capable of choosing research methods appropriate for resolving the professional tasks.
  • Student is capable of choosing research methods appropriate for resolving the professional tasks.
  • Student is capable of reporting the results of the information retrieval and analysis, academic or applied research she/he has conducted: in various genres (including reviews, policy papers, reports and publications pertaining to socio-political subject matter); and depending on the target audience
  • Student is capable of reporting the results of the information retrieval and analysis, academic or applied research she/he has conducted: in various genres (including reviews, policy papers, reports and publications pertaining to socio-political subject matter); and depending on the target audience
  • Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes: by using political science methods and in support of practical decision making process.
  • Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes: by using political science methods and in support of practical decision making process.
  • Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes: by using political science methods and in support of practical decision making process.
  • Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes: by using political science methods and in support of practical decision making process.
  • Student is capable of posing research problems relevant to the study of political phenomena and political processes; setting particular research tasks; and putting together a research design.
  • Student is capable of posing research problems relevant to the study of political phenomena and political processes; setting particular research tasks; and putting together a research design.
  • Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
  • Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • What is research: Introduction
  • What is research: Introduction
  • Introduction to the Course
  • Introduction to the Course
  • What is research: Research as a process
  • What is research: Research as a process
  • A Topic and an Object
  • A Topic and an Object
  • Literature review
  • Literature review
  • What is research: Reading a research paper
  • What is research: Reading a research paper
  • What is a literature review?
  • What is a literature review?
  • Literature review as a part of research text
  • Literature review as a part of research text
  • Framing literature review
  • Framing literature review
  • What is a literature review: Reading a literature review
  • What is a literature review: Reading a literature review
  • What is plagiarism?
  • What is plagiarism?
  • The hierarchy of methods and the strength of the inference
  • The hierarchy of methods and the strength of the inference
  • Experimental Research Strategy
  • Working in a library: what for and how?
  • Working in a library: what for and how?
  • Experimental Research Strategy
  • Citation manager: Using the Zotero Software
  • Citation manager: Using the Zotero Software
  • Comparative Research Strategy
  • Comparative Research Strategy
  • Statistical inference
  • Statistical inference
  • Citation manager: Zotero workshop
  • Citation manager: Zotero workshop
  • Case comparison
  • Topics and research questions
  • Topics and research questions
  • Case comparison
  • Case study
  • Research questions and research problems
  • Case study
  • Research questions and research problems
  • Is there a place for a literature review?
  • Causal mechanism
  • Causal mechanism
  • Is there a place for a literature review?
  • Theories and hypotheses
  • Process tracing
  • Process tracing
  • Theories and hypotheses
  • Mixed methods
  • Operationalization
  • Mixed methods
  • Operationalization
  • Designing your research: how the number of cases affects the design of your paper?
  • Designing your research: how the number of cases affects the design of your paper?
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking 1. In-class participation
  • non-blocking 1. In-class participation
  • non-blocking 2. Written Assignment: Team Literature Review
    A literature review is a written assignment on a topic proposed by the team themselves and approved by your 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 and of a broader research problem; be explicit as regard the structuring principle of your review and briefly describe avenues 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 2. Written Assignment: Team Literature Review
    A literature review is a written assignment on a topic proposed by the team themselves and approved by your 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 and of a broader research problem; be explicit as regard the structuring principle of your review and briefly describe avenues 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.
  • blocking 3. Exam test
    The test takes place in online format.
  • blocking 3. Exam test
    The test takes place in online format.
  • non-blocking In-Class Participation
    Individual participation in seminars and contribution to discussions, based on the mandatory and optional readings.
  • non-blocking In-Class Participation
    Individual participation in seminars and contribution to discussions, based on the mandatory and optional readings.
  • non-blocking Group Project
    Each group chooses a topic for review and presents part of their work throughout first quarter of the course.
  • non-blocking Group Project
    Each group chooses a topic for review and presents part of their work throughout first quarter of the course.
  • non-blocking Essay
    A written individual assignment of 1000-2000 words. Each student writes an essay answering a question which methods could be applied to the topic of student’s coursework and which data should be collected for that. The list of potential methods and approaches is discussed during 2nd and 3rd modules.
  • non-blocking Essay
    A written individual assignment of 1000-2000 words. Each student writes an essay answering a question which methods could be applied to the topic of student’s coursework and which data should be collected for that. The list of potential methods and approaches is discussed during 2nd and 3rd modules.
  • non-blocking Exam
    A written examination, where student should answer two open questions from the whole course. The questions are based on the reading list for the classes.
  • non-blocking Exam
    A written examination, where student should answer two open questions from the whole course. The questions are based on the reading list for the classes.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2020/2021 3rd module
    0.25 * 1. In-class participation + 0.4 * 2. Written Assignment: Team Literature Review + 0.35 * 3. Exam test
  • 2020/2021 3rd module
    0.25 * 1. In-class participation + 0.4 * 2. Written Assignment: Team Literature Review + 0.35 * 3. Exam test
  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
    0.25 * Essay + 0.25 * Exam + 0.25 * Group Project + 0.25 * In-Class Participation
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
    0.25 * Essay + 0.25 * Exam + 0.25 * Group Project + 0.25 * In-Class Participation
  • 2022/2023 3rd module
  • 2022/2023 3rd module
  • 2023/2024 1st module
  • 2023/2024 1st module
  • 2023/2024 2nd module
  • 2023/2024 2nd module
  • 2023/2024 3rd module
  • 2023/2024 3rd module
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Adam Przeworski, & Fernando Limongi. (1993). Political Regimes and Economic Growth. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.5AF72A4C
  • Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences : a pluralist perspective / ed. by Donatella della Porta . (2008). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.283822104
  • Lijphart, A. (1971). Comparative Politics and the Comparative Method. American Political Science Review, (03), 682. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.apsrev.v65y1971i03p682.693.13
  • Wayne C. Booth et al. The Craft of Research (4th ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Coronel, J. C., Duff, M. C., Warren, D. E., Federmeier, K. D., Gonsalves, B. D., Tranel, D., & Cohen, N. J. (2012). Remembering and Voting: Theory and Evidence from Amnesic Patients. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C392474E
  • Hale, H. E. (2008). The Foundations of Ethnic Politics : Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=234389
  • King, G., Pan, J. J., & Roberts, M. E. (2013). How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0003055413000014
  • Leonard Wantchekon. (2003). Clientelism and voting behavior: Evidence from a field experiment in benin. Natural Field Experiments. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.feb.natura.00339
  • Ralph Berry. The Research Project. How to Write It (5th ed.). London: Routledge, 2004
  • Ruben Enikolopov, Maria Petrova, & Ekaterina Zhuravskaya. (2011). Media and Political Persuasion: Evidence from Russia. American Economic Review, (7), 3253. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.101.7.3253
  • Thomas B. Pepinsky. (2010). Colonial Migration and the Deep Origins of Governance: Theory and Evidence from Java. Conference Papers —— American Political Science Association, 1–46. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=poh&AN=94851009
  • Trejo, G. (2012). Popular Movements in Autocracies : Religion, Repression, and Indigenous Collective Action in Mexico. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=458580
  • TURCHENKO, M. (2017). The Rise and Fall of Local Self-Government in Petrozavodsk. Demokratizatsiya, 25(2), 155–173. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=122589289
  • Vadim Volkov. (1999). Violent Entrepreneurship in Post-Communist Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, (5), 741. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668139998697