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Магистерская программа «Сравнительная политика Евразии»

Core Seminar "Logic of Inquiry and Key Issues in International Studies"

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
6
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1-4 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

This core seminar aims to familiarize students of the educational trajectory “International Politics of Eurasia” with relevant approaches to and tools for academic and policy-oriented research in International Studies (International Relations, Global and Transnational Governance, Critical Development Studies). This will enable greater coherence of the educational process, set grounds for knowledge and understanding of the state of the art in the field, and help students to improve their professional communication skills. The seminar will focus on major scholarly discussions on logics of inquiry and key issues in International Studies. It will scrutinize various methodological paradigms and methods used for research on specific topics. This will be done both through regular seminar discussions based on extensive reading of seminal and innovative works in the field and through providing space for guest lectures by invited scholars who will present their work and provide feedback on students’ research ideas.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To familiarize students of the educational trajectory “International Politics of Eurasia” with relevant approaches to and tools for academic and policy-oriented research in International Studies (International Relations, Global and Transnational Governance, Critical Development Studies).
  • To scrutinize various methodological paradigms and methods used for research on specific topics in International Studies.
  • To enable greater coherence of the educational process, set grounds for knowledge and understanding of the state of the art in the field, and help students to improve their professional communication skills.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Understands major scholarly discussions on logics of inquiry in International Studies
  • Knows methodological approaches to and tools for academic and policy-oriented research in International Studies
  • Knows the state of the art and key issues in the field of International Studies
  • Understands major theoretical debates in International Studies
  • Is able to identify and justify methodological approaches appropriate for their own research in International Studies
  • Is able to identify specific research methods (techniques, tools) that fit selected methodologies
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Course Overview and Introduction. Paradigms and Research Traditions in International Studies
  • Logics of Inquiry in International Studies: Methodological Approaches and Controversies
  • Theories of International Relations: "Mainstream" and "Marginal"
  • Methodological Turns and Use of Methods in International Studies: Learning from "Best Practices"
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Book Methodology Review Paper (Greview)
    Your assignment is to read a recent book from the field of International Studies and comment on its methodological framework and methods. Write a paper that analyses its research objectives, approaches and methods and present your reflections on the connections between these elements. The paper (approximately 1000-1500 words) is due by December 15. Sign up for review paper (indicating the title of the book you would like to review): via email to the course instructor by the first class of the module 2. The list of books for review paper will be provided at the first class of the course.
  • non-blocking Presentation 1 (Gpresentation1)
    Each class in modules 1 and 2 (starting from week 2) will commence by a group presentation based on the readings assigned for the session. These presentations will function as basis for further class discussion. Therefore, presenters are supposed to cover mandatory and optional readings and, preferably, use other non-assigned sources for their analysis on the chosen topic in order to make a genuinely original contribution.
  • non-blocking Methodological Reflections Paper (Greflections)
    You will need to write a paper (2000-2500 words) that will identify and justify methodological approach(es) appropriate for your research aims. This will need to be a paper in which you both explicate your methodological choice and critically reflect upon it. Ideally, it would bridge your methodological (and, if appropriate, theoretical) framework with prospective research design and, more specifically, research methods and techniques you would plan to rely on.
  • non-blocking In-class participation 1 (Gclass1)
    Assessment will be based on attendance, preparation of readings, participation in class discussion in modules 1 and 2 with the focus on qualitative contribution to the discussion, ability to answer questions based on the readings, come up with own interpretations and react to comments made by other students.
  • non-blocking Presentation 2 (Gpresentation2)
    Each class in modules 3 and 4 will commence by a group presentation based on the readings assigned for the session. These presentations will function as basis for further class discussion. Therefore, presenters are supposed to cover mandatory and optional readings and, preferably, use other non-assigned sources for their analysis on the chosen topic in order to make a genuinely original contribution.
  • non-blocking In-class participation 2 (Gclass2)
    Assessment will be based on attendance, preparation of readings, participation in class discussion in modules 3 and 4 with the focus on qualitative contribution to the discussion, ability to answer questions based on the readings, come up with own interpretations and react to comments made by other students.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.5 * Book Methodology Review Paper (Greview) + 0.25 * In-class participation 1 (Gclass1) + 0.25 * Presentation 1 (Gpresentation1)
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.25 * In-class participation 2 (Gclass2) + 0.25 * Interim assessment (2 module) + 0.25 * Methodological Reflections Paper (Greflections) + 0.25 * Presentation 2 (Gpresentation2)
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Audie Klotz, & Cecelia M. Lynch. (2007). Strategies for Research in Constructivist International Relations. Routledge.
  • Chris Brown, & Robyn Eckersley. (2018). The Oxford Handbook of International Political Theory. OUP Oxford.
  • Christian Reus-Smit, & Duncan Snidal. (2010). The Oxford Handbook of International Relations: Vol. [Paperback edition.]. OUP Oxford.
  • Dvora Yanow, & Peregrine Schwartz-Shea. (2015). Interpretation and Method : Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn: Vol. Second edition. Routledge.
  • Jackson, P. T. (2010). The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations : Philosophy of Science and Its Implications for the Study of World Politics. Hoboken: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1214790
  • Sil, R. (DE-588)129445614, (DE-627)39637204X, (DE-576)184228514, aut. (2002). Managing “modernity” work, community, and authority in late-industrializing Japan and Russia Rudra Sil.
  • Sil, R. (DE-588)129445614, (DE-627)39637204X, (DE-576)184228514, aut. (2010). Beyond paradigms analytic eclecticism in the study of world politics Rudra Sil and Peter J. Katzenstein.
  • Simmons, B. A., Risse-Kappen, T., & Carlsnaes, W. (2013). Handbook of International Relations. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=716889
  • The Oxford handbook of international political theory edited by Chris Brown and Robyn Eckersley. (2018).

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bliesemann de Guevara, B. (2014). On methodology and myths: exploring the International Crisis Group’s organisational culture. Third World Quarterly, 35(4), 616–633. https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2014.924064
  • Bliesemann de Guevara, B. (2016). Myth and Narrative in International Politics : Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1243387
  • Bueger, C. (2014). Pathways to practice: praxiography and international politics. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.211AEF35
  • Bueger, C., & Gadinger, F. (2018). International Practice Theory (Vol. Second edition). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1737002
  • Cecilie Basberg Neumann, & Iver B. Neumann. (2018). Power, Culture and Situated Research Methodology : Autobiography, Field, Text. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Friedrichs, J., & Kratochwil, F. (2009). On Acting and Knowing: How Pragmatism Can Advance International Relations Research and Methodology. International Organization, (04), 701. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.intorg.v63y2009i04p701.731.99
  • Hay, C. (2016). Good in a crisis: the ontological institutionalism of social constructivism. New Political Economy ; Volume 21, Issue 6, Page 520-535 ; ISSN 1356-3467 1469-9923. https://doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2016.1158800
  • Qualitative methods in international relations a pluralist guide ed. by Audie Klotz and Deepa Prakash. (2008).
  • Tickner, J. A. (1997). You just don’t understand: Troubled engagements between feminists and IR theorists. International Studies Quarterly, 41(4), 611. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2478.00060
  • Tickner, J. A. (2003). What is Your Research Program? Some Feminist Answers to IR’s Methodological Questions. Conference Papers —— American Political Science Association, 1–21. https://doi.org/apsa_proceeding_2661.PDF