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Research Seminar "Data Analytics for Politics and Society"

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 1-4 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The research seminar is aimed at developing students' critical thinking, acquaintance with the most important theories and the most relevant research on various topics. The course will explore the various features of an analytical approach to the study of political and social phenomena, as well as many sample articles presenting key research in this area. Students will read and discuss magazine articles and book chapters; participate in group research projects; make presentations about their research projects and topics that interest them. The seminar focuses on the discussion of the process of generating scientific knowledge.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim is to make students able to read and critically discuss articles from the field of social, political studies and big data analysis, and conduct empirical research using different sources of data
  • The aim is to make students able to read and critically discuss articles from the field of social, political studies and big data analysis, and conduct empirical research using different sources of data
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to analyze, verify, evaluate the completeness of information in the course of professional activity, if necessary, fill in and synthesize the missing information
  • Able to analyze, verify, evaluate the completeness of information in the course of professional activity, if necessary, fill in and synthesize the missing information
  • Able to improve and develop his intellectual and cultural level, build a trajectory of professional development and career
  • Able to improve and develop his intellectual and cultural level, build a trajectory of professional development and career
  • Able to search for information and solve problems of professional activity using modern information and communication technologies and software
  • Able to search for information and solve problems of professional activity using modern information and communication technologies and software
  • Able to work with modern scientific literature (including literature in English), analyze the state and development trends of political science
  • Able to work with modern scientific literature (including literature in English), analyze the state and development trends of political science
  • Able to independently build strategies for presenting the results of their professional activities, including in a public format, based on the selection of appropriate information and communication technologies and information dissemination channels
  • Able to independently build strategies for presenting the results of their professional activities, including in a public format, based on the selection of appropriate information and communication technologies and information dissemination channels
  • Able to independently prepare summarizing analytical materials (reviews, notes, reports, reports, recommendations, etc.) and proposals for decision-makers in the political sphere
  • Able to independently prepare summarizing analytical materials (reviews, notes, reports, reports, recommendations, etc.) and proposals for decision-makers in the political sphere
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to analytical sociology and political science
  • Introduction to analytical sociology and political science
  • Sources of (big data); quality of data
  • Sources of (big data); quality of data
  • Literature review: basic principles and search for the articles
  • Literature review: basic principles and search for the articles
  • Operationalization of theoretical concepts and measurement
  • Operationalization of theoretical concepts and measurement
  • Research design
  • Research design
  • Particular examples from social and political science
  • Particular examples from social and political science
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class assignments
    In-class assignments grade will be calculated as an average score for all types of written activities during the seminars.
  • non-blocking In-class assignments
    In-class assignments grade will be calculated as an average score for all types of written activities during the seminars.
  • non-blocking Participation in class discussions
  • non-blocking Participation in class discussions
  • non-blocking Presentation of the individual project
    Presentation of the individual project includes final presentation on the topic of student’s course work and should represent a solid presentation of research framework, literature review, data description, data analysis and main conclusions.
  • non-blocking Presentation of the individual project
    Presentation of the individual project includes final presentation on the topic of student’s course work and should represent a solid presentation of research framework, literature review, data description, data analysis and main conclusions.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.3 * In-class assignments + 0.4 * Participation in class discussions + 0.3 * Presentation of the individual project
  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.3 * In-class assignments + 0.4 * Participation in class discussions + 0.3 * Presentation of the individual project
  • 2022/2023 1st module
  • 2022/2023 1st module
  • 2022/2023 2nd module
  • 2022/2023 2nd module
  • 2022/2023 3rd module
  • 2022/2023 3rd module
  • 2022/2023 4th module
  • 2022/2023 4th module
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Henry E. Brady, & David Collier. (2008). The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology. OUP Oxford.
  • Keating, M., & Della Porta, D. (2008). Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences : A Pluralist Perspective. Cambridge University Press.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Manzo, G. (2014). Analytical Sociology : Actions and Networks. Hoboken: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=714658