Research Seminar: Research Design
- 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.
- 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.
- Basics of the Research. Research QuestionsThe 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 LiteratureRefining and framing the research question. Literature selection methods. Overview of the sources of scientific literature.
- Literature ReviewsAnnotated 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 DataSpecifying 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.
- Interim assessment (1 module)0.35 * Exam + 0.4 * Home assignments + 0.25 * Participation in class discussions