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Bachelor 2020/2021

Research Seminar "Research Methods in International Relations"

Area of studies: International Relations
When: 3 year, 2, 3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Dmitry Novikov
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course will introduce students to the methods used in Social Science research.  We will begin by learning about the basic structure of causal analysis, with an emphasis on four basic research strategies: experimentation, “large N” quantitative studies, “small N” studies that use qualitative reasoning, and formal modeling. 
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To providewith analytic tools that will help you to critically evaluate social science research as well as causal arguments found in everyday life;
  • To improve your ability to pose and answer research questions;
  • To have a skill of putting research design, understand the meaning and usage of all the elements of the research.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to use quantitative methods in research paper;
  • Be able to use qualitative methods in research paper;
  • Be able to formulate a research question;
  • Understand the aims of research questions.
  • Know the basic stages of writing a research paper;
  • Know the formal structure of research work;
  • Know evaluation criteria for each element of the structure of research work;
  • Be able to use Case Studies and the Comparative Method during conducting research;
  • Know features of Rational Choice and Formal Modeling;
  • Know the aims of Methods for Interpretive Research;
  • Know what are Explanation and Causation;
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • How to put a research question
  • Explanation and Causation
  • Research Design
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Case Studies and the Comparative Method
  • Rational Choice and Formal Modeling
  • Methods for Interpretive Research
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar activity
  • non-blocking Quizzes
  • non-blocking Research Prospectus
  • non-blocking Seminar activity
  • non-blocking Quizzes
  • non-blocking Research Prospectus
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.3 * Quizzes + 0.4 * Research Prospectus + 0.3 * Seminar activity
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Chakrabarti, P. N. (2018). History of International Relations. [N.p.]: New Central Book Agency. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2239647
  • History of International Relations : A Non-European Perspective. (2019). Netherlands, Europe: Open Book Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.47A2B8DB

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Walt, S. M. (1998). International relations: One world, many theories. Foreign Policy, (110), 29. https://doi.org/10.2307/1149275