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.
- be able to read texts and discuss several issues related to politics and civil society, such as voting, social capital, nation building and national identity, modern societies, social institutions, and media in politics.
- 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
- Critical reading. Writing an abstract to a paper.Reading 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.
- Academic CultureAuthorship in the digital age. What is academic integrity? What are the principles of open science and reproducible research? Ethical issues and practical cases of plagiarism detection.
- 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.
- The Language and Techniques of Political DebatesThe role of debates in a comparative politics perspective. Rhetoric in debates. The process of electoral debates. Interpretation of political debates in the media: how to analyse?
- 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.
- Participation in module 1
- Home work in module 1 (abstract)
- Participation in module 2Part of the mark is a home task to write a position paper (a take-home task) of 500-700 words.
- Exam2 questions on seminar reading with your analysis
- Policy Paper module 3
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.2 * Exam + 0.2 * Home work in module 1 (abstract) + 0.2 * Participation in module 1 + 0.2 * Participation in module 2 + 0.2 * Policy Paper module 3
- Darr, T. (2019). Combating Plagiarism: A Hands-On Guide for Librarians, Teachers, and Students. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2249275
- 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.
- 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)