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Магистратура 2019/2020

Научно-исследовательский семинар

Статус: Курс обязательный (Политика. Экономика. Философия)
Направление: 41.04.04. Политология
Когда читается: 1-й курс, 1-4 модуль
Формат изучения: без онлайн-курса
Преподаватели: Ананьин Олег Игоревич
Прогр. обучения: Политика. Экономика. Философия
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 6

Course Syllabus


The course taught in the first year of the master’s program, serves as its “core class” whose fundamental goal is twofold – to develop understanding of the nature, potential and limits of social sciences, and to elucidate the links between political, economic, and philosophical components of the PEP program. The course does count on the students’ anterior basic familiarity with philosophy, economics and political science, as well as on their advancement in these academic disciplines through taking other respective classes offered by the program and coordinated with the Research seminar. The Seminar’s aspiration is to propel the students’ grasp of the constitutive disciplines of PEP through its own devices thereby contributing to the fulfillment of the fundamental interdisciplinary mission of PEP. It is aiming at strengthening students’ intellectual outlook, cultivating skills of critical thinking, professional and public discussion.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Provide skills of synthesizing methods of research which are conventionally believed to fall within the purview of separate compartmentalized social disciplines and philosophy (as a distinct sort of “knowing”); ability to pursue a “problem-driven” rather than “method-driven” strategy of research
  • Enhance ability of independent, critical, and innovative thinking
  • Enhance student’s soft skills of writing academic essays in conformity with the internationally established standards, of mastering rhetorical strategies and presentation techniques
  • Provide a platform for discussion of students’ research proposals, literature reviews and term-works
  • Provide a platform for master-classes of leading scholars
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • A student is able to develop a research paper and prepare its public presentation
  • A student is able to differentiate different types of social studies, forms adequate expectations about its strengths and weaknesses. S/he is aware of the differences between natural and social sciences, knows basic epistemological strategies, applied in political science and economics
  • A student understands mechanisms through which objective knowledge and ideological preconceptions are interconnected; knows of possible errors in concept formation leading to wrong generalizations; applies rules and norms of professional ethics regulating behaviour of a researcher facing value-based challenges.
  • A student is able to develop a research proposal
  • A student is able to differentiate different approaches to public policy design and strategy development. S/he knows principles and methods of growth diagnostics applied in development studies, international experiences with assessment and implementation of large-scale projects, role of interdisciplinary approach in such cases, ways of its realization
  • A student is able to develop an outline of a research paper
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to Epistemology of Social Sciences
    Social, political, and economic domains. Gemeinschaft/Gessellschaft distinction. Variety of research types the social studies. Friedman’s methodological essay as an expression of positivist influence in the social sciences. Search for specific methodology of social inquire: the cases of Durkheim and Max Weber. Modeling in the social sciences: the current state of debates.
  • Value Judgments in Social Sciences
    Popper – Adorno debate on the logic of the social sciences. Social studies and ideology: Schumpeter’s and Max Weber’s perspectives. Concept formation and misformation. Truth-seeking and relativism in social research. Professional ethics of a social scientist in a post-truth world
  • Developing term-work proposals
    Purpose and structure. Formulation of a topic. Class discussions.
  • Social Change: Diagnostics and Design
    Rational modeling versus “muddling through” approach in public policy design. Strategic planning and strategic thinking. Growth diagnostics: principles and cases. Development projects: challenges and interdisciplinary responses.
  • Developing term-works literature reviews
    Literature review: selection and focusing. Choice of methods. Class discussions.
  • Preparation of term-works
    Text structuring. References and citations. Term-works pre-defenses.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar participation
  • non-blocking Term-work proposal
  • non-blocking Literature review
  • non-blocking Defense of a term-work
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.3 * Defense of a term-work + 0.1 * Literature review + 0.5 * Seminar participation + 0.1 * Term-work proposal


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Akerlof, G. A. (1970). The Market for “Lemons”: Quality Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.CAA2734F
  • Albert O. Hirschman. (2011). Development Projects Observed. [N.p.]: Brookings Institution Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2024537
  • Boudon, R. (2003). The Social Sciences and the Two Types of Relativism. Comparative Sociology, 2(3), 423–440. https://doi.org/10.1163/156913303100418861
  • Colander, D. (2005). From Muddling Through to the Economics of Control: Views of Applied Policy from J. N. Keynes to Abba Lerner. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.9ABF958F
  • Dieguez, S. (2017). Post-Truth: The Dark Side of the Brain. Scientific American Mind, 28(5), 43. https://doi.org/10.1038/scientificamericanmind0917-43
  • 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
  • Emile Durkheim, & Steven Lukes. (2014). The Rules of Sociological Method : And Selected Texts on Sociology and Its Method. [N.p.]: Free Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1963188
  • Erik Angner. (2006). Economists as experts: Overconfidence in theory and practice. Journal of Economic Methodology, (1), 1. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501780600566271
  • Hausman, D. M. (2008). The Philosophy of Economics. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.cup.cbooks.9780521709842
  • Lindblom, C. E. (2010). The Science of “Muddling” Through. Emergence: Complexity & Organization, 12(1), 70–80. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=bsu&AN=51783676
  • Morgenbesser, L. (2014). Elections in Hybrid Regimes: Conceptual Stretching Revived. Political Studies, 62(1), 21–36. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.12020
  • Nabrendorf, R. O. (1949). Max Weber on the Methodology of the Social Sciences. American Sociological Review, 14(6), 821–822. https://doi.org/10.2307/2086694
  • Ricardo Hausmann, Bailey Klinger, & Rodrigo Wagner. (2008). Doing Growth Diagnostics in Practice: A “Mindbook.” CID Working Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.cid.wpfacu.177
  • Rickman, H. P. (1976). The Positivist Dispute in German Sociology (Book). British Journal of Sociology, 27(4), 509–510. https://doi.org/10.2307/590190
  • Rodrik, D. (2015). Economics Rules : Why Economics Works, When It Fails, and How To Tell The Difference. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1052377
  • Sartori, G. (1970). Concept Misformation in Comparative Politics. American Political Science Review, (04), 1033. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.apsrev.v64y1970i04p1033.1053.13
  • Schumpeter, J. A. (1949). Science and Ideology. American Economic Review, 39(2), 345–359. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=bsu&AN=8728687
  • Sugden, R. (2000). Credible worlds: the status of theoretical models in economics. Journal of Economic Methodology, 7(1), 1–31. https://doi.org/10.1080/135017800362220
  • The Washington consensus reconsidered : towards a new global governance / ed. by Narcís Serra . (2008). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.273311514
  • Wachs, M. (2018). Bent Flyvbjerg, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Megaproject Management (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017). 600 pp. $150.00 (cloth), ISBN: 9780198732242. Public Administration Review, 78(5), 816–818. https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.12984
  • Weber, M., & Tribe, K. (2019). Economy and Society : A New Translation. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2012211

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Alacevich, M. (2012). Visualizing Uncertainties, or how Albert Hirschman and the World Bank disagreed on project appraisal and development approaches. Policy Research Working Paper Series. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.wbk.wbrwps.6260
  • Aleskerov, F. (2009). How to Prepare and Write a Thesis? Advices to PhD and Ms Students in Economics Studies. Journal of the New Economic Association, (3–4), 248. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.nea.journl.y2009i3.4p248.258
  • Ariel Rubinstein. (n.d.). 2006): “Dilemmas of an economic theorist. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.2D2E28AA
  • Axel Leijonhufvud. (1973). Life Among The Econ. Economic Inquiry, (3), 327. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.1973.tb01065.x
  • Blaug,Mark. (1997). Economic Theory in Retrospect. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.cup.cbooks.9780521577014
  • DeMartino, G. F., & McCloskey, D. N. (2018). Professional Ethics 101: A Reply to Anne Krueger’s Review of The Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics. Econ Journal Watch, 15(1), 4–19. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=bsu&AN=128779271
  • Giovanni Sartori. (1991). Comparing and Miscomparing. Journal of Theoretical Politics, (3), 243. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.sae.jothpo.v3y1991i3p243.257
  • Gordon, S. (1991). The History and Philosophy of Social Science. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=77205
  • Hidalgo, C. A., & Hausmann, R. (2013). The Atlas of Economic Complexity : Mapping Paths to Prosperity (Vol. Updated edition). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=686113
  • I. Gilboa, A. Postlewaite, L. Samuelson, & D. Schmeidler. (2015). Economic Models as Analogies. VOPROSY ECONOMIKI. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.nos.voprec.2015.04.6
  • Karl Marx. (2011). Capital (Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy) : A Critique of Political Economy). [N.p.]: Digireads.com Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1536502
  • Mäki, U. (2009). The Methodology of Positive Economics : Reflections on the Milton Friedman Legacy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=279902
  • Marx, K., Arthur, C. J., & Engels, F. (2001). The German Ideology. London: Electric Book Co. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=476798
  • Murray, R. (2011). How to Write a Thesis (Vol. 3rd ed). Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=375106
  • Rodrik, D. (DE-588)121942325, (DE-576)164981713. (2007). One economics, many recipes : globalization, institutions, and economic growth / Dani Rodrik. Princeton [u.a.]: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.26523039X
  • Stenmark, M., Fuller, S., & Zackariasson, U. (2018). Relativism and Post-Truth in Contemporary Society : Possibilities and Challenges. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1897308
  • Zamora Bonilla, J. P., & Jarvie, I. C. (2011). The SAGE Handbook of the Philosophy of Social Sciences. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=509313