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Магистерская программа «Сравнительная политика Евразии»

04
Февраль

Research Seminar "Department of Political Science and International Relations"

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1-4 модуль

Преподаватель

Course Syllabus

Abstract

1 a.y. This seminar aims to provide students of the research trajectory with an opportunity to take part in the regular research sessions organized by the Department of Political Science and International Relations (HSE). Students will be able to attend presentations prepared by members of the Laboratory or by invited speakers and engage in their discussions. They will develop critical research and review skills by writing position papers based on presentations and discussions at each seminar session that they attend. Students will also be able to propose their own work in progress to be discussed by senior colleagues. 2 a.y. The seminar continues the first-year DPSIR's academic seminar, which aims to introduce MA stu-dents with state-of-the-art research in social sciences by providing an opportunity to participate in regular academic seminars organized by the Department. The seminars invite junior and senior scholars to share their current research projects and discuss them with the faculty members and wider research community. By attending the seminars, the students will develop skills in critical assessment of the central arguments and research design as well as in public presentation of the re-search output. They will produce position papers based on presentations and discussions, and pre-sent their research in internal sessions. They will also participate in seminars on communicating the research output. Finally, students will also be able to propose their work-in-progress projects to be included in seminar series.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To provide students of the research trajectory with an opportunity to take part in the regular research sessions organized by the Department of Political Science and International Relations (HSE) and benefit from its research environment.
  • To develop critical assessment and academic presentation skills
  • To present students with state-of-the-art research projects in political science and international relations
  • To provide students with an opportunity to take part in academic seminars
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • develops critical research and review skills by writing position papers based on presentations and discussions at each seminar session that they attend at the Department (DPSIR)
  • is able to present their research work in progress to peers and senior colleagues, discuss and improve it based on their feedback
  • knows the essentials of research activities at the Department (DPSIR), its research structure, priorities, themes and methodological approaches
  • understands the key requirements for participation in the Department (DPSIR) seminars and knows how to produce written feedback on seminars
  • - understand the requirements for participation in the Department's academic seminar;
  • - know the current academic agenda and key research directions in political sirens and international relations;
  • - familiarize with essentials of the Department's academic activities, DPSIR's structure, priorities, topics, and methodological approaches;
  • - develop critical assessment and academic presentation skills;
  • - produce position papers that critically assess the content and the results of academic seminars.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Seminar Overview and Introduction
  • Seminars Proposed by the Department (DPSIR)
  • Individual Feedback and Evaluation
  • Seminar overview and introduction
  • Communicating research output
  • Research project presentation
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Position papers 1-2 (department seminar written feedback, two papers)
    Each student will write two brief (1000-1500 words) position papers on two department seminar sessions that they will attend in modules 1 and 2. Each paper should summarize and critically evaluate the main argument(s) of the presentation made by a seminar speaker. Position papers are due two weeks after the seminar session that they are related to. They should be submitted to the course instructor via email.
  • non-blocking Internal presentation of work in progress
    Each student will present their research work in progress (literature review for term paper / for MA thesis extended research proposal) in an internal seminar session organized by the course instructor for discussion by other students.
  • non-blocking Position papers 3-4 (department seminar written feedback, two papers)
    Each student will write two brief (1000-1500 words) position papers on two department seminar sessions that they will attend in modules 3 and 4. Each paper should summarize and critically evaluate the main argument(s) of the presentation made by a seminar speaker. Position papers are due two weeks after the seminar session they are related to. They should be submitted to the course instructor via email.
  • non-blocking Presentation of work in progress
    Each student will present their research work in progress (draft of term paper / MA thesis extended research proposal) in a research seminar organised by the department for discussion by peers and senior colleagues.
  • non-blocking Seminar participation
    2 a.y. Students are required to participate in seminar sessions to discuss principles and guidelines for academic communication.
  • non-blocking Position papers 1-2
    2 a.y. Each student is required to prepare two position papers assessing the thesis, methodology, results, and quality of presentation of the academic seminar's invited speakers. Papers should be submitted due two weeks after the date of the seminar via email to the instructor, they should be 1500-2000 words long with standard margins. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited.
  • non-blocking Presentation of the work-in-progress
    2 a.y. Following the critical assessment of the seminar series, each student should prepare an internal presentation of their work-in-progress organised by the course instructor.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    Interim assessment in module 2 consists of the grades that student receives for their position papers 1 and 2 (0.5) and internal presentation of work in progress (0.5).
  • 2021/2022 4th module
    Interim assessment in module 4 consists of the grades that student receives for their position papers 3 and 4 (0.25), internal presentation of work in progress (0.25) and interim assessment in module 2 (0.5).
  • 2022/2023 2nd module
    0.2 * Seminar participation + 0.4 * Presentation of the work-in-progress + 0.4 * Position papers 1-2
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bob Hancké. (2009). Intelligent Research Design : A Guide for Beginning Researchers in the Social Sciences. OUP Oxford.
  • Eco, U., Farina, G., & Mongiat Farina, C. (2015). How to Write a Thesis. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=963778

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Christian Reus-Smit, & Duncan Snidal. (2010). The Oxford Handbook of International Relations: Vol. [Paperback edition.]. OUP Oxford.
  • R. A. W. Rhodes, Sarah A. Binder, & Bert A. Rockman. (2008). The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions. OUP Oxford.