Research Seminar “Civil and Political Processes”
- The objectives of this seminar are to get the students acquainted with current research perspectives and techniques in political and civic processes and to train students' skills or academic speaking, reading, and writing.
- to know the basics of academic reading and writing, academic culture, and the variety of non-academic research output formats
- to discuss current research perspectives and techniques in political and civic processes, including web and survey experiments
- to discuss and propose research designs for studying the politics of memory
- to describe and compare the methods of constructing and changing collective memories
- to define and apply the concept of collective memory, politics of memory, and the 'usable past'
- to integrate a cross-cultural perspective to dealing with collective action problems
- to define the collective action dilemma and suggest literature-based solutions to it
- to understand and describe youth turnout
- to propose arguments for and against electoral participation
- to explain the functions of elections across political regimes
- Applied Political AnalysisThe media eco-system of a research group. Policy papers and memos. Varieties of applied research: UX, design, field studies, data journalism. Writing a policy paper.
- The Meaning of ElectionsThe functions of elections across political regimes. Functions of elections. Turnout. Youth turnout and youth electoral participation. Debates on voting and absenteeism.
- Collective Action DilemmasWhat is the public good? Problems of collective action. Institutions for collective action. A 'selection model' of political representation.
- Experiments in Political MediaSurvey experiments, web experiments and their use. Experimental evidence of television news watching. The effects of partisan personalisation in a news portal experiment. Political blame attribution in a survey experiment.
- Politics of MemoryWhat do memory studies study? Theories of politics of memory. Collective memories. Methods of analysis in memory studies. Constructing the 'usable past.' Transnational communities and collective memories.
- Critical reading. Writing an abstract to a paperReading strategies. Critical reading techniques. Types of articles. Types of articles and their structure. Extracting information from the article. Reading and writing an abstract to an empirical research paper.
- Written assignment (Abstract)No late submissions at the end of the year are welcome.
- In-class Participation (Module 1)
- Written Assignment (Policy Paper)
- In-Class Participation (Module 3)
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.2 * Exam + 0.2 * In-class Participation (Module 1) + 0.2 * In-Class Participation (Module 3) + 0.2 * Written assignment (Abstract) + 0.2 * Written Assignment (Policy Paper)
- Assmann, A. (2014). Transnational Memories. European Review, (04), 546. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.eurrev.v22y2014i04p546.556.00
- Callander, S., & Wilson, C. H. (2007). Turnout, Polarization, and Duverger’s Law. Journal of Politics, 69(4), 1047–1056. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2508.2007.00606.x
- Elinor Ostrom. (2000). Collective Action and the Evolution of Social Norms. Journal of Economic Perspectives, (3), 137. https://doi.org/10.1257/jep.14.3.137
- Iyengar, S., Peters, M. D., & Kinder, D. R. (1982). Experimental Demonstrations of the “Not-So-Minimal” Consequences of Television News Programs. American Political Science Review, 04, 848.
- Olick, J. K. (1999). Collective Memory: The Two Cultures. Sociological Theory, 17(3), 333. https://doi.org/10.1111/0735-2751.00083
- Shortt, L., Assmann, A., & Palgrave Connect (Online Service). (2012). Memory and Political Change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=412033
- Abelson, D. E. (2018). Do Think Tanks Matter? Third Edition : Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes (Vol. Third edition, revvised and expanded). Montreal: MQUP. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1944843
- Manarin, K., Carey, M., Rathburn, M., Ryland, G., Hutchings, P. Critical Reading in Higher Education : Academic Goals and Social Engagement. - Indiana University Press, 2015. - ISBN 9780253018830, 9780253018984 - Electronic text // ProQuest Ebook Central. - URL: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4088470&query=Critical+Reading+in+Higher+Education+%3A+Academic+Goals+and+Social+Engagement (accessed 6.11.19)