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Магистерская программа «Сравнительная политика Евразии»

Mentor's Seminar "Advanced Theory and Methods Training in Political Science"

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
2
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1-4 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

This mentor’s seminar will help students of the educational trajectory “Advanced Theory and Methods” to design and follow their individual curricula. It will provide organizational space and individualized support for formulating key learning outcomes in accordance with the trajectory’s focus and individual learning outcomes in order to better reflect career-related needs of each student. The mentor will be guiding students through the selection of courses and helping them in identifying potential research topics and suitable supervisors for term paper and MA thesis.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To help students of the educational trajectory “Advanced Theory and Methods” to design and follow their individual curricula.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • knows how to build a career-related educational trajectory
  • understands key learning outcomes
  • is able to formulate key individual learning outcomes
  • is able to identify appropriate topics for individual research work, to formulate research goals and tasks and to produce a suitable planning
  • is able to achieve key learning outcomes
  • is able to achieve individual learning outcomes
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction. Trajectory Overview. Key Learning Outcomes. Individual Learning Outcomes.
  • Research work. Term paper and MA thesis. Advice on research supervision.
  • Monitoring of progress. Adjustments and further planning.
  • Individual feedback and evaluation.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking List of individual learning outcomes
    Each student will prepare - in consultation with the mentor - a list of individual learning outcomes to be achieved as a result of studies within the given trajectory. The submission date will be announced by the mentor during module 1.
  • non-blocking Interim reporting 1
    Each student will report to the mentor - both orally and in writing (500-1000 words) on their interim achievements in the trajectory. The written report should be submitted to the mentor via email by the start of the exam week in module 2.
  • non-blocking Term paper planning
    Each student will submit to the mentor their term paper planning report (containing topic, aim(s), tasks, annotated bibliography). The report should be submitted to the mentor via email by March 31.
  • non-blocking Interim reporting 2
    Each student will report to the mentor - both orally and in writing (500-1000 words) on their interim achievements in the trajectory. The written report should be submitted to the mentor via email by the start of the exam week in module 4.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.5 * Interim reporting 1 + 0.5 * List of individual learning outcomes
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.5 * Interim assessment (2 module) + 0.25 * Interim reporting 2 + 0.25 * Term paper planning
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 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
  • Luigi Curini, & Robert Franzese. (2020). The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations. SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Ostergard, R. L., & Gordon Fisher, S. B. (2017). Kickstarting Your Academic Career : Skills to Succeed in the Social Sciences. University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Ştefuriuc, I. (2009). Introduction: Building an Academic Profile – Considerations for Graduate Students Embarking on an Academic Career in Political Science in Europe. European Political Science, 8(2), 138–142. https://doi.org/10.1057/eps.2009.6
  • Stenken, J. A., & Zajicek, A. M. (2010). The importance of asking, mentoring and building networks for academic career success - a personal and social science perspective. Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, 396(2), 541–546. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00216-009-3275-x