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Research Seminar “Economics, Business and Society”

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1-3 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course consists of tutorials (30 hours). The tutorials include Mini-lectures/discussions: - Social organization of academia and how to be a scholar - How to write and read academic papers - What is economic sociology and how sociologists can study business Master-classes: - How to conduct a research and how to be a successful researcher - Master-class by an invited practitioner Trainings: - How to conduct a qualitative interview - How to analyze qualitative interviews Reading - groups: reading and discussing academic papers (about business and economy, about science, about academic writing, etc.) Presentations of the students’ progress in their research activity
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Research Seminar is aimed at discussing academic research in the field of economic sociology, and at the formation of professional competences in studying business, economy, and society. Students will also learn how to write and read academic papers.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of doing academic research
  • Know the methods and principles of sociological research
  • Know the specificity of sociological approach to studying economy
  • Able to conduct sociological research
  • Able to use qualitative methods of data collection and analysis
  • Able to study business and economic with sociological methods
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The organization of science and research project
    The organization of science - In the framework of this topic, it will be shown how the scientific activity in the modern academy is organized, what is its peculiarity, what are the principles of organization, what are the strategies for the development of scientific career. Writing a scientific article - In the framework of this topic a process of writing and preparing a academic article will be presented. The leaders of research seminar will analyze the features of writing scientific texts using their own works as an example. Development of students’ research projects - Within the framework of this topic, the stages of a student research project will be analyzed. In the framework of group discussions, the students' own achievements will be presented and analyzed.
  • Fundamentals of economic and sociological analysis of business and economy
    Introduction to Economic Sociology - An introductory classes, in which economic sociology will be presented as a modern sociological discipline, identifies areas and fields of study, and highlights key approaches. Key topics and areas of economics and sociological research - The students will discuss specific examples of business and economy in Russia Realization of economic activities in St. Petersburg - Within the framework of this topic, examples of the “real” activities of economic agents will be presented and analyzed.
  • Methodology of sociological research: collection and analysis of qualitative interviews
    Qualitative research - In the framework of this topic, the basic principles and reasons for conducting a qualitative study, its difference from quantitative Data collection - The topic will analyze the features and rules for conducting a qualitative interview and realizing case study Analysis of the interview - In the framework of this topic will be presented ways to analyze data collected by the interview
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class participation
  • non-blocking Homework1
    Presentation of the individual research proposal
  • non-blocking Homework 2
    Presentation of the research design and piloting of instrument
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.3 * Exam + 0.2 * Homework 2 + 0.2 * Homework1 + 0.3 * In-class participation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Aspers, P., & Dodd, N. (2015). Re-Imagining Economic Sociology. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1200997

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Portes, A. (2010). Economic Sociology : A Systematic Inquiry. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=329852
  • Tittenbrun, J. (2011). Economy in Society : Economic Sociology Revisited. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=524366