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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 and 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 explore how a research question connected with a broader research problem. Students learn to tie their question to the theoretical problems in a partiqular field of study.
  • Students learn what academic research is and what role does it play in political science.
  • Students explore what place does literature review take in a single research. Student learn what goals does literature review aims to reach.
  • Students learn how to choose the best research design of future paper depending on the number of cases for analysis: experiment, statistics, comparative research and case-study. Sudents learn the differences and nuances of conducting different types of reseach.
  • Students learn how to download, use and administrate citation manager systems.
  • Students learn how to form a research design in social sciences, with all its parts and elements, by looking into specific examples
  • 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 research variables.
  • Students learn the different ways to organize and structure a literature review
  • 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 learn which parts does research include and how fo they compose in a single paper.
  • 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 reserach the penalties for breaking the rules.
  • Students learn the differences between the topic of a research and a research question. Students learn how to formulate a good research question.
  • Students will learn how to transfer the concepst into the measutable and relevant research variables
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • DG1. Introductory session
  • DG2. What is research?
  • DG3. How to read a research paper
  • DG4. What is literature review?
  • DG5. Working in a library. Working with electronic resources
  • DG6. Academic integrity
  • DG7. Plagiarism
  • DG8. Citation manager: Using the Zotero Software
  • DG9. Research topic, research question and research problem
  • DG10. Theories and hypotheses
  • DG11. Reading a literature review
  • DG12. Operationalization
  • DG13. Designing your research: how the number of cases affects the design of your paper?
  • DG14. Group discussion: team LitRev
    List of questions: What is your topic? Tell about one the most interesting or insightful results of your analysis How did your team organize the group work? Think about the time-management, members’ responsibilities, and the whole process. What was the most complicated thing while writing your papers? Think about both organizational and meaningful issues What, in your opinion, is more efficient and convenient: to write papers in groups or personally / in a single mode? What are the pros and cons for both variants?
  • DG15. 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 the tutor. 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) Abstract. (2) Introduction. Includes your question / thesis statement, broader research problem and the structuring principle of your text. (3) Body of the review. Consider selected pieces of literature according to the selected structuring principle and in a way which allows a team to illuminate the question / thesis statement of your review. (4) Conclusion. 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. (5) Bibliography (list of references)
  • non-blocking In-class Tests
  • non-blocking Interim Assignment
    This assignment is designed to check both skills of using Zotero and identification of research questions.
  • non-blocking Final Assignment
  • non-blocking Midterm Assignment
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 2nd module
    0.6 * In-class Tests + 0.4 * Midterm Assignment
  • 2022/2023 4th module
    0.2 * Interim Assignment + 0.2 * Final Assignment + 0.4 * Written Assignment: Team Literature Review + 0.2 * In-class Tests
  • 2023/2024 3rd module
    Will be decided by the lecturer of 2023/2024 academic year.
  • 2024/2025 4th module
    Will be decided by the lecturer of 2024/2025 academic year.
  • 2025/2026 2nd module
    Will be decided by the lecturer of 2025/2026 academic year.


Recommended Core Bibliography

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

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Political research: methods and practical skills, Halperin, S., 2012