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Master 2018/2019

Research Seminar "Eurasian Political Studies"

Type: Compulsory course (Comparative Politics of Eurasia)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 1 year, 1-3 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Instructors: Dmitry V. Goncharov, Galina Selivanova
Master’s programme: Comparative Politics of Eurasia
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is aimed at the second year students who are working on their research projects and preparing to conduct empirical data collection and analysis. During the course students will discuss methods of data acquisition and managements, as well as ethical aspects of empirical research. Course will help students to refresh and advance their ideas on methods of qualitative and quantitative data analysis applying them to their own projects. Few classes are devoted to the development of essential software skills necessary for data analysis and presentation. At the final session, arranged in the form of students’ presentations participants will introduce their own research projects applying knowledge acquired throughout the course.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Goal of the course is to provide students with advanced skills necessary to develop their research projects, conduct field work, summarise and present results
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students develop research presentation skills
  • Students develop skills of qualitative data analysis with the help of specialised software
  • Students learn basic skills necessary to use LaTex.
  • Students understand and are able to apply basic methods of data collection and analysis following different research design strategies.
  • Students know main principles of data validation in qualitative and quantitative studies and are able to present their research findings
  • Student can distinguish between different types of research designs in social sciences
  • Able to work with the modern academic literature (including the one in English), analyze the state and development tendencies of political science
  • Able to conduct professional communication in Russian and/or English in a multicultural environment with the use of different communication technologies
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
  • Choice of research designs
  • Methods of data collection and analysis. Ethical Questions
  • Presenting and Validating Research Findings
  • QDA software introduction (MAXQDA & NVivo)
  • Introduction to LaTex
  • Presentation & discussion of students’ projects
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class participation
  • non-blocking Presentation
    During the course each student is supposed to deliver at one presentation on the topic covered by the syllabus. Students are supposed to work in small groups and create a presentation that should be delivered by all group members
  • non-blocking Tests
    This part of the final grade includes points received by each student during short in-class assessments .
  • non-blocking Research project
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.25 * Class participation + 0.25 * Presentation + 0.25 * Research project + 0.25 * Tests
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Mahoney, J. (2015). Process Tracing and Historical Explanation. Security Studies, 24(2), 200–218. https://doi.org/10.1080/09636412.2015.1036610

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Beach, D. (2016). It’s all about mechanisms - what process-tracing case studies should be tracing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F3E4458D
  • Vogt, W. P., Gardner, D. C., & Haeffele, L. M. (2012). When to Use What Research Design. New York: The Guilford Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=439278