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Bachelor 2018/2019

Research Seminar

Type: Compulsory course (Political Science and World Politics)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 2 year, 1-3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Anna A. Dekalchuk, Aleksey Gilev, Ivan Grigoriev, Mikhail Turchenko
Language: English
ECTS credits: 2

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The first part of this course (first seven classes) is aimed at both reminding students of the main components of a research design and helping them with writing their own literature reviews. The second part (last eight classes) gets students acquainted with three kinds of research strategies (case study, comparative and experimental) which are extremely in demand in contemporary political science (statistical research strategy will be considered within Quantitative Methods course)
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This course highlights, first of all, the scientific component of research activity, rather than pursuits to answer any substantive political questions
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to identify scientific subject
  • Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
  • Able to outlines the need for resources and plan its using for solving professional problems
  • get understanding of which methods are more relevant for a particular kind of a research strategy
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to the Course
    Introduction to the Course. Scientific problem and social problem
  • Literature review
    Good literature review as a part of research. How to find relevant works? Mapping debate.
  • Comparative Research Strategy
    Case-oriented and variable-oriented studies
  • Experimental Research Strategy
    The most 'scientific' design. How is it possible in political science? Lab experiment and field experiment. Natural experiment as a possible substitute.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking seminar participation
  • non-blocking written test
    The written test will be conducted after first seven seminars. This test will include both closed- and open-ended types of questions which will cover the content of first seven classes.
  • non-blocking final exam
    The final exam is a written test that consists of questions and topics discussed during the seminars.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    The cumulative grade is calculated by the following formula: 0.65 * a grade for the seminar participation + 0.35 * a grade for the written test. The final grade for this course is calculated as follows: • 65% for the cumulative grade; • 35% for the final exam.
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Adam Przeworski, & Fernando Limongi. (1993). Political Regimes and Economic Growth. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.5AF72A4C
  • Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences : a pluralist perspective / ed. by Donatella della Porta . (2008). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.283822104
  • Lijphart, A. (1971). Comparative Politics and the Comparative Method. American Political Science Review, (03), 682. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.apsrev.v65y1971i03p682.693.13

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Ruben Enikolopov, Maria Petrova, & Ekaterina Zhuravskaya. (2011). Media and Political Persuasion: Evidence from Russia. American Economic Review, (7), 3253. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.101.7.3253