Methodology and Methods of Social and Political Research
- This course aims at developing students' skills of model thinking. They will learn more advanced approaches to modeling of social/ political processes, and know how to develop their own empirically testable models
- 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
- Thought experiments in social science. the nature of relationships
- Causal relations. Defining causality
- Developing causal diagrams from scratch
- 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 model following the examples from the book
- 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.
- presentationsDuring the course, each student will have to make two presentations of their own models of some social processes
- final examFinal exam is conducted in a form of an essay. Based on the description of a theory, students have to develop a fitting model
- 2022/2023 1st module0.3 * final exam + 0.3 * presentations + 0.2 * reaction papers + 0.2 * in-class activities
- 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
- 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