Qualitative Methods in Political Research
- The course offers an introduction to qualitative research in a positivist paradigm.
- has a firm grasp on the essential practical guidelines of research design and planning;
- deepens his knowledge of qualitative data collection, with a particular focus on interviews;
- designs rigorous case study research, with legitimate academic objectives and feasible logistical plans.
- 1. Social science as a debate
- 2. Major traditions in social sciences; nomothetic and idiosyncratic approaches
- 3. Concept-formation
- 4. The making and testing of theories
- 5. Trade-offs and pitfalls in comparative political research
- 6. Descriptive case studies
- 7. Comparative case studies
- 8. Longitudinal case studies
- 9. Set-theoretic methods
- 10. Mixed-method research
- 11. Data-collection and the logistics of case study research
- 12. Non-interfering data collection methods (archives, legal sources, media, etc.)
- 13. Interfering data-collection methods (interviewing, surveys, etc.)
- 14. The practice of qualitative research: guest presentations
- 15. Student presentation workshops (5 sessions)
- methodological exerciseThe methodological exercise is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their practical grasp on the various case study methods and techniques through the critical assessment of a published work, relying on the mandatory readings and class discussions. The exercise shall not exceed 1,000 words, including foot/endnotes, excluding bibliography.
- project presentationThe project presentation should outline a research proposal involving one of the discussed case study methods. The presentation should touch upon the following: 1) research question, 2) identification of units of analysis and units of observation, 3) case selection, 4) expected research outcome, and 5) sources of data and data collection strategies. The presentation should be approximately 10 minutes-long, and followed by a constructive and collegial class discussion.
- examThe final exam will be an opportunity for students to demonstrate their familiarity with the core concept and the mandatory readings introduced in the course. The 60 minutes-long computer-based exam will consist of multiple-choice questions.
- class participationIn the class participation component, the following qualities can result in a maximal grade: • frequency and concision of class participations • originality of class contribution • connection between preparation materials and class contributions • contribution to class discussion dynamics • participation in maintaining an inspiring class environment
- 2023/2024 2nd module0.3 * project presentation + 0.1 * class participation + 0.3 * methodological exercise + 0.3 * exam
- Hancké, B. (2009). Intelligent Research Design : A Guide for Beginning Researchers in the Social Sciences. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=299002
- King, G., Verba, S., & Keohane, R. O. (1994). Designing Social Inquiry : Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=329740
- Landman, T. (2008). Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics : An Introduction (Vol. 3rd ed). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=222321
- Eco, U., Farina, G., & Mongiat Farina, C. (2015). How to Write a Thesis. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=963778
- Henry E. Brady, & David Collier. (2010). Rethinking Social Inquiry : Diverse Tools, Shared Standards: Vol. 2nd ed. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Henry E. Brady, & David Collier. (2008). The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology. OUP Oxford.