- To highlight the scientific component of research activity
- Developing skills of writing good literature review
- Getting students acquainted with different kinds of research strategies
- Able to do research, including the problem analysis, setting goals and objectives, defining the research subject, selecting research methods including its quality control
- Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
- Able to outlines the need for resources and plan its using for solving professional problems
- Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
- Able to identify scientific subject
- Student is capable of reporting the results of the information retrieval and analysis, academic or applied research she/he has conducted: in various genres (including reviews, policy papers, reports and publications pertaining to socio-political subject matter); and depending on the target audience
- Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes: by using political science methods and in support of practical decision making process.
- Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
- Student is capable of choosing research methods appropriate for resolving the professional tasks.
- Student is capable of posing research problems relevant to the study of political phenomena and political processes; setting particular research tasks; and putting together a research design.
- Introduction to the CourseIntroduction to the Course. Scientific problem and social problem
- Literature reviewGood literature review as a part of research. How to find relevant works? Mapping debate.
- Causal mechanismExplaining a correlation. Importance of causal mechanism.
- Process tracingQualitative design. Process tracing as a way to explore causal mechanism.
- Experimental Research StrategyThe most 'scientific' design. How is it possible in political science? Lab experiment and field experiment. Natural experiment as a possible substitute.
- Mixed methodsOpportunities and limits of mixed methods design.
- Case comparisonPossible alternatives for experimental deign. Case-oriented and variable-oriented approaches.
- Case studyThe fourth type of research design. Not a residual category: the value of case study approach.
- In-Class ParticipationIndividual participation in seminars and contribution to discussions, based on the mandatory and optional readings.
- Group projectA literature review on the chosen topic. Each group presents part of their work throughout first half of the course. For the 7th seminar groups make powerpoint presentation of their literature reviews.
- EssayA written individual assignment of 1000-2000 words. Each student writes an essay answering a question which methods could be applied to the topic of student’s coursework and which data should be collected for that. The list of potential methods and approaches is discussed during the 2nd half of the course.
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.25 * Essay + 0.25 * Group project + 0.25 * In-Class Participation + 0.25 * Test
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- Lijphart, A. (1971). Comparative Politics and the Comparative Method. American Political Science Review, (03), 682. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.apsrev.v65y1971i03p682.693.13
- Hale, H. E. (2008). The Foundations of Ethnic Politics : Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=234389
- King, G., Pan, J. J., & Roberts, M. E. (2013). How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0003055413000014
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- Thomas B. Pepinsky. (2010). Colonial Migration and the Deep Origins of Governance: Theory and Evidence from Java. Conference Papers —— American Political Science Association, 1–46. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=poh&AN=94851009
- Trejo, G. (2012). Popular Movements in Autocracies : Religion, Repression, and Indigenous Collective Action in Mexico. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=458580
- TURCHENKO, M. (2017). The Rise and Fall of Local Self-Government in Petrozavodsk. Demokratizatsiya, 25(2), 155–173. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=122589289
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