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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»

Research Seminar: Research Design

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

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The main goal of the discipline is to help students to prepare and write their course works and graduation theses. The 'Research Seminar' covers a range of basic topics, such as composing a research design, formulating a research problem and research question, searching for literature, reviewing, and planning research strategies. Moreover, the course helps to deal with not only term papers but academic articles and analytical reports too.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The goal of the discipline is to help students to prepare and write their course works.
  • Composing a research design.
  • Dealing with literature and other sources.
  • Acquiring basic skills of academic writing.
  • Getting familiar with basic research methods.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to enumerate the basic structural units of the course work and formal requirements for it. Knowledge of what plagiarism is. Ability to formulate research questions.
  • Ability to find information and literature on the subject matter of the course work.
  • Ability to write a structured and informative literature review.
  • Knowledge of different types of research designs and research strategies. Ability to choose the research design adequate for the solution of the research problem.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Basics of the Research. Research Questions
    The basics of research and inference in political science. Formal requirements to the course papers. Plagiarism. Algorithm and strategy of research. Research question types. Hints for “good” research questions.
  • Selecting and Overviewing Literature
    Refining and framing the research question. Literature selection methods. Overview of the sources of scientific literature.
  • Literature Reviews
    Annotated bibliography. Types and strategies of the literature review. Defining puzzles, research gaps and academic debates. Motivation and state-of-the-art.
  • Research Design, Research Strategies, Methods and Data
    Specifying the research design. Theories, frameworks and models. Hypotheses and variables. Conceptualization, operationalization and measurement. Research strategies. Case studies, small-N and large-N strategies. Qualitative and quantitative data and research methods: pros and cons. Possible sources of the empirical data.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in class discussions
  • non-blocking Home assignments
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.35 * Exam + 0.4 * Home assignments + 0.25 * Participation in class discussions
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Политология. Методы исследования, Мангейм, Д. Б., Рич, Р. К., 1999

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, Creswell J.W., 2009