Methodology and Methods of Social and Political Research
- This course aims at introducing students to the basics of research methodology in social and political science. They will get familiar with the main methods and approaches, get basic model thinking skills, and learn to formulate a testable model of social/ political processes
- Able to assess, model and predict socio-political processes at the global, international, national, regional and local levels based on the methodology of theoretical and empirical research
- Able to organize and conduct political analysis of socially significant projects
- Able to develop the design of scientific and applied research, including that carried out by a team, based on modern methodologies of political science and general scientific approaches
- Able to independently master new research methods, change the scientific and production profile of their activities
- Able to reflect (evaluate and process) mastered scientific methods and methods of activity
- Able to use modern empirical databases (including international ones) in scientific and project activities, independently create databases for the implementation of research and practical tasks
- Research basics: research cycle and research purpose
- Research designs 1: criteria and types
- Research designs 2: quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research
- Sampling: sampling biases, response styles and systematic lying
- Types of data
- Nature of social explanation. Theories of the middle range
- Process of instantiation. Concepts and nomological networks
- Thought experiments in social science. the nature of relationships
- reaction papersStudents will write short reaction papers (up to 1.5 pages) for each reading they are assigned. Reaction paper should include two parts: description of the main ideas of the text, and student's reaction: their personal opinion about what they read.
- in-class activitiesActivity in the class during seminars: students are expected to ask meaningful questions and participate in group discussions. Attendance of classes as such doesn't count as activity.
- projectsStudents will participate in 4 mini-group projects, which are aimed at the application of the knowledge and skills they get during the classes to real problems. They will have to develop a research design of a given type or create a theoretical model, and then present it during the class. After the presentation, students will correct the project following the comments and then individually submit it to get the final grade.
- final examFinal exam is conducted in a form of an essay. Based on the description of a situation, students have to propose a research methodology, describe its strengths and limitations
- 2022/2023 2nd module0.15 * reaction papers + 0.15 * in-class activities + 0.3 * final exam + 0.4 * projects
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- Hegde, D. S. (2015). Essays on Research Methodology. New Delhi: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1001250
- Maruyama, G., & Ryan, C. S. (2014). Research Methods in Social Relations (Vol. 8th ed). Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=798826
- Ruane, J. M. (2016). Introducing Social Research Methods : Essentials for Getting the Edge. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1107215
- Alan Bryman, & The Programme Aims. (2001). Social research methods. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.151A861A
- Gordon Rugg, & Marian Petre. (2007). A Gentle Guide to Research Methods. Open University Press.
- Kothari, C. R. (2004). Research Methodology : Methods & Techniques: Vol. 2nd rev. ed. New Age International.
- Theory construction and model-building skills : a practical guide for social scientists, Jaccard, J., 2020