Research Seminar "Eurasian Political Studies"
- The main aim of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge on the most important aspects of scientific inquiry within the social sciences including various approaches to scientific knowledge, research strategies, methods and techniques
- Students can distinguish between various approaches to knowledge in the social sciences
- Students learn basic steps of research design. They should be able to apply these steps to their own projects.
- Students understand and are able to distinguish main steps and procedures of quantitative research design.
- Students understand and are able to distinguish main steps and procedures of qualitative research design.
- Students understand and are able to distinguish main steps and procedures of mixed methods research design. They have a clear idea of the procedures related to the mixed methods approach.
- Student understand structure and composition of a project proposal in social sciences.
- Students understand main principles of a single case study and comparative approach.
- Students understand basic principles, strategies and rationale of literature review for MA thesis.
- Students know different data collection strategies and ethical questions that researchers face during data collection.
- Students get basic skills and knowledge of software that can be useful for data collection, data management and data analysis and presentation of results.
- Epistemological Introduction to Social SciencesDiscussion on various approachess to knowledge in the social sciences
- Research problems, research questions and hypothesisDiscussion about research puzzles and development of research question and hypothesis for different research designs
- Quantitative Approach and Quantitative Research DesignDiscussion about development of research design that uses quantitative data collection and analysis methods.
- Qualitative Approach and Qualitative Research DesignDiscussion of qualitative research design, general introduction to qualitative research methods of data collection and data analysis
- Mixed Methods DesignDiscussion of research design that combines both qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Development of Research ProposalsSession discusses structure and composition of a project proposal
- Case studies and comparative research designThis session discusses two major research designs based on a single case study and comparative approach.
- Writing your Literature ReviewDiscussion about strategies and rationale of literature review for MA thesis.
- Data collection and FieldworkThis session discusses different data collection strategies putting particular emphasis on qualitative data collection strategies and fieldwork
- Software for Social Sciences workshopsThese sessions introduce basic guidance to software that can be useful for data collection, data management and data analysis including QDA software, LaTex, reference management systems.
- Class participation
- Group presentation
- Presentation of research designsStudents have to present a clear research idea of their study identifying ten- tative research question that will be answered by their research project. Pre- sentation should also outline the main theoretical debate in the area of studies and methodological approaches to the investigation of the topic selected by the student. Finally, possible sources of empirical data should be identified and possible data collection strategies should be discussed. Presentations should be illustrated by 5-7 slides (e.g. PowerPoint or LATEX) reproducing main as- pects of the research projects discussed during the course
- Presentation of research projects
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.25 * Class participation + 0.25 * Essay + 0.25 * Group presentation + 0.25 * Presentation of research designs
- 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
- Mahoney, J., & Goertz, G. (2006). A Tale of Two Cultures: Contrasting Quantitative and Qualitative Research. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.18538E6D
- The Oxford handbook of political methodology / ed. by Janet Box-Steffensmeier . (2008). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.253060168
- John Gerring. (2004). What is a case study and what is it good for. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.4391DAED