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Research Seminar

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
2
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
3 year, 2-4 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is devoted to the basics of research activity, methodology and methods in political science. Its goal is twofold. Firstly, the seminar assists the students to prepare their final thesis to be submitted and defended by the end of the undergraduate programme. Secondly, the seminar pictures what it means to be a researcher in the modern academic world, how contemporary political science looks like and why skills in doing research can be useful not just for future researchers, but for those who are going to continue their careers in very different professional fields.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Assisting the students to prepare their final thesis to be submitted and defended by the end of the undergraduate programme
  • Develop students' skills in formulating and justifying their research designs
  • The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic steps of conducting an academic research
  • To highlight the scientific component of research activity
  • Developing skills of writing good literature review
  • Master students' capabilities to develop and implement various research strategies
  • Picturing what it means to be a researcher in the modern academic world
  • Acquaint students with the selected method of research (Ethnography, QCA, Text-as-Data, Public Choice) and their applications
  • Getting students acquainted with different kinds of research strategies
  • As a subgoal the course aims at developing the skill of writing a literature review as one of the steps of any research process
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Student is able to 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)
  • Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field
  • Able to identify scientific subject
  • Able to outlines the need for resources and plan its using for solving professional problems
  • Student is capable of choosing research methods appropriate for resolving the professional tasks
  • 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 identify scientific subject
  • Student is able to identify scientific subject
  • Student is able to outline the need for resources and plan its using for solving professional problems
  • Student is able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
  • 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
  • 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 sociopolitical subject matter); - and depending on the target audience
  • 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
  • Able to do research, including the problem analysis, setting goals and objectives, defining the research subject, selecting research methods including its quality control
  • Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
  • Defines the basic principles and peculiarities of the selected research method
  • Develops a research design and research strategy using the selected method
  • Able to do research, including the problem analysis, setting goals and objectives, defining the research subject, selecting research methods including its quality contro
  • 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 choosing research methods appropriate for resolving the professional tasks.
  • 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 posing research problems relevant to the study of political phenomena and political processes; setting particular research tasks; and putting together a research design.
  • Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
  • Iinterprets the results of the research using the selected method, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses
  • Performs data collection and preparation for the analysis using the selected research method
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • TOPIC 1
  • Introduction
  • Introduction to the Course
  • What is research: Introduction
  • What is research: Research as a process
  • TOPIC 2
  • Particularities and Constraints of Social Sciences
  • What is research: Reading a research paper
  • TOPIC 3
  • Guidelines for a Good Research Design
  • Literature review
  • Research Strategies, Methodologies and Methods
  • TOPIC 4
  • What is a literature review?
  • Causal mechanism
  • TOPIC 5
  • What is a literature review: Reading a literature review
  • What is plagiarism?
  • TOPIC 6
  • Process tracing
  • Working in a library: what for and how?
  • Citation manager: Using the Zotero Software
  • TOPIC 8
  • TOPIC 9
  • Experimental Research Strategy
  • Citation manager: Zotero workshop
  • TOPIC 10
  • Topics and research questions
  • Mixed methods
  • Research questions and research problems
  • Case comparison
  • TOPIC 11
  • TOPIC 12
  • Is there a place for a literature review?
  • TOPIC 7
  • Case study
  • Theories and hypotheses
  • Operationalization
  • Designing your research: how the number of cases affects the design of your paper?
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class participation
  • non-blocking Written Assignment: Team Literature Review
  • blocking Exam test
    This is a written test scheduled for June 17th, Wednesday. There are two parts in the test: multiple choice quiz (part 1) & open questions (part 2). There are 20 questions in part 1 (multiple choice quiz; four possible answers – always only one correct answer among the four options); there are 10 open questions in part 2 (each question requires a 4-6 sentences answer). The exam lasts for 1 hour 20 min (80 min in total). The exam is conducted on the Moodle (https://et.hse.ru), proctoring on the Examus platform (https://hse.student.examus.net). The student's computer must meet the following requirements: https://elearning.hse.ru/data/2020/05/07/1544135594/Технические%20требования%20к%20ПК%20студента.pdf). There are no breaks. This is not an open-book exam; this means no materials can be used during the exam.
  • non-blocking In-Class Participation
    Individual participation in seminars and contribution to discussions, based on the mandatory and optional readings.
  • non-blocking Group project
    A 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.
  • non-blocking Essay
    A 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.
  • non-blocking Test
    A written examination with duration of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Test consists of two open questions based on topics of class seminars.
  • non-blocking In-class participation
    Participation in seminar workshops and contribution to seminar discussions, based on the mandatory readings. In-class participation is evaluated throughout the whole course, hence 25 per cent of the grade comes from the first part of the course and 75 per cent – from the second part.
  • non-blocking Final Paper
    A written group assignment (can be done individually upon request from a student), evaluating students’ progress during the second part of the course. The content of the assignment depends on which track from part 2 is chosen.
  • non-blocking Homework
    A written individual or group assignment (can be done individually upon request from a student), evaluating students’ progress during the second part of the course. The content of the assignment depends on which track from part 2 is chosen.
  • non-blocking Examination
    The exam is held in a written (test) format in the LMS (https://lms.hse.ru/) and Zoom (https://zoom.us/). The exam last for 1 hour 20 minutes. Students should log in to the Zoom and the LMS 5 minutes before the start of the exam, using the computer that has a web-camera and a microphone. To participate in the exam, a student must: (1) switch on a web-camera and a microphone in the Zoom and keep them on during the entire exam; (2) follow the lecturer’s instructions to open the test in the LMS; (3) start doing the test in the LMS. During the exam students are not allowed to (1) switch off a web-camera or a microphone in the Zoom; (2) open pages in a web-browser other that the test in the LMS; (3) use any additional printed and / or electronic materials and devices (e.g. smartphones). A short-term connection problem can last no more than 5 minutes and can occur not more than 2 times during the exam. A long-term connection problem is more than 5 minutes, or more than two short-term connection problems. In case of long-term connection problems students cannot proceed with the exam and must retake it in the same format.
  • non-blocking Class activity
  • non-blocking Research proposal
    Each research proposal is to include all the major elements of the research design discussed in the classroom. The research proposal is to be submitted to the instructor by November 17, 2019 via LMS. The student has to write a short research proposal of her or his final thesis. The paper should be submitted to LMS by the end of the 4th week of the 2nd module. If the paper is not submitted at time, the instructor decreases her or his grade for the paper (one point for each day after the deadline). The length of the research proposal is 5 pages (Times New Romen, 12, single line spacing), excluding bibliography. The paper includes the following elements of the research design: 1. literature review; 2. research problem, research question and the goal of the research; 3. research tasks; 4. theoretical frameworks and hypothesis; 5. research strategy; 6. research methods. All of these elements should be highlighted in bold in the text of the research project. If an evidence of plagiarism is found in the paper, the instructor must grade “0” for the research proposal.
  • non-blocking Exam
    It is a multiple-choice test which consists of three parts. Part one is a simple one correct answer quiz. Part two is a French-system MCQ with the number of correct answers from null to all. Part three consists of open questions where students can demonstrate their deeper knowledge of the subject.
  • non-blocking Class activity
  • non-blocking Research proposal
    Each research proposal is to include all the major elements of the research design discussed in the classroom. The research proposal is to be submitted to the instructor by November 17, 2019 via LMS. The student has to write a short research proposal of her or his final thesis. The paper should be submitted to LMS by the end of the 4th week of the 2nd module. If the paper is not submitted at time, the instructor decreases her or his grade for the paper (one point for each day after the deadline). The length of the research proposal is 5 pages (Times New Romen, 12, single line spacing), excluding bibliography. The paper includes the following elements of the research design: 1. literature review; 2. research problem, research question and the goal of the research; 3. research tasks; 4. theoretical frameworks and hypothesis; 5. research strategy; 6. research methods. All of these elements should be highlighted in bold in the text of the research project. If an evidence of plagiarism is found in the paper, the instructor must grade “0” for the research proposal.
  • non-blocking Exam
    It is a multiple-choice test which consists of three parts. Part one is a simple one correct answer quiz. Part two is a French-system MCQ with the number of correct answers from null to all. Part three consists of open questions where students can demonstrate their deeper knowledge of the subject.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2019/2020 2nd module
  • 2019/2020 3rd module
  • 2019/2020 4th module
    0.35 * Exam test + 0.25 * In-class participation + 0.4 * Written Assignment: Team Literature Review
  • 2020/2021 1st module
  • 2020/2021 2nd module
  • 2020/2021 3rd module
  • 2020/2021 4th module
    0.25 * Essay + 0.25 * Group project + 0.25 * In-Class Participation + 0.25 * Test
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
  • 2021/2022 4th module
  • 2022/2023 1st module
  • 2022/2023 2nd module
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences : a pluralist perspective / ed. by Donatella della Porta . (2008). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.283822104
  • Geddes, B. (DE-588)171415787, (DE-576)132211866. (2003). Paradigms and sand castles : theory building and research design in comparative politics / Barbara Geddes. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.104638176
  • 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
  • Però, D., Wright, S., & Shore, C. (2011). Policy Worlds : Anthropology and the Analysis of Contemporary Power. New York: Berghahn Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=416088
  • Ragin, C. C. (2013). The Comparative Method : Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies. Oakland, California: University of California Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=784602
  • Ralph Berry. The Research Project. How to Write It (5th ed.). London: Routledge, 2004
  • Rethinking social inquiry : diverse tools, shared standards / ed. by Henry E. Brady . (2010). Lanham, Md. [u.a.]: Rowman & Littlefield. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.33152886X
  • Silge, J., & Robinson, D. (2017). Text Mining with R : A Tidy Approach (Vol. First edition). Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly Media. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1533983

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bernard, H. R. (2017). Research Methods in Anthropology : Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (Vol. Sixth Edition). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1621755
  • Beyer, J., Rasanayagam, J., & Reeves, M. (2013). Ethnographies of the State in Central Asia : Performing Politics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=677473
  • Gorgadze Aleksey, & Kolycheva Alina. (n.d.). Mapping Ideas: Semantic Analysis of “Postnauka” Materials. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsclk&AN=edsclk.https%3a%2f%2fcyberleninka.ru%2farticle%2fn%2fmapping-ideas-semantic-analysis-of-postnauka-materials
  • 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
  • Ruben Enikolopov, Maria Petrova, & Ekaterina Zhuravskaya. (2011). Media and Political Persuasion: Evidence from Russia. American Economic Review, (7), 3253. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.101.7.3253
  • Saris, W. E. (2014). Design, Evaluation, and Analysis of Questionnaires for Survey Research (Vol. Second Edition). Hoboken: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=691292
  • 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
  • Vadim Volkov. (1999). Violent Entrepreneurship in Post-Communist Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, (5), 741. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668139998697
  • Wayne C. Booth et al. The Craft of Research (4th ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.