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Master 2023/2024

Research Seminar "Public Policy Analysis"

Type: Compulsory course (Politics. Economics. Philosophy)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 2 year, 1-3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Master’s programme: Политика. Экономика. Философия
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
Contact hours: 36

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The research seminar aims to address both methodological and substantive goals. The first is to provide students with the analytical and research skills required for writing academic articles, essays, reviews, reports, course papers, and dissertation research on the issues of public policy analysis and democratic governance. Students will learn, explore, and practice relevant methods of organization for public policy analysis and monitoring in various fields. They will be able to present their research results in the form of an individual course paper or master's thesis.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To help students specify the issues of their prospective research and formulate research topic by giving them the opportunity to get acquainted with the professors of the department, particularly with the scope of their research interests, publications, research papers themes of the department
  • To familiarize students with the research and analysis methods, to introduce them the rules of drafting and developing of academic research texts of various genres clarifying the language peculiarities of academic writing
  • To develop professional skills and competences required for the preparation of course papers, master's theses, academic papers, reviews, etc. on public policy & human rights issues
  • To develop the students' skills of academic discussion, expert debate, presentation of the research work results to the expert community, critically reviewing the comments and defending their point of view
  • To teach students the techniques and skills of scientific analysis of empirical data needed for their further professional activities
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to develop independently the program of the research in the field of public policy & human rights and draft and present in public the results of the academic research
  • Be able to use different data, apply different analysis methods in the public policy & human rights research and monitoring
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Academic Writing
  • Practicum on qualitative research methods
  • Practicum: case studies, group work and research projects
  • Preparing a term paper
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Qualitative methods practicum 1
    Each student will be required to take part in the presentation of any qualitative method of data gathering or/and anayzing at least once, and maybe twice in the semester. Groups of two individuals will be assigned to present the basic rules of qualitative data collection/analysis and facilitate discussions regarding the method they are presenting. Your presentations will be critiqued on how thorough you present the material, how well you project to the class, the amount of class discussion that results from your presentation, and the amount of time you use in your presentations (please try not to exceed 15 minutes in your presentations).
  • non-blocking Qualitative practicum 2
    During the class, each student will be required to selectively practice the qualitative data collection and analysis methods described earlier (Assignment 1)
  • non-blocking Group work
  • non-blocking Reflection paper
  • non-blocking Term paper pre-defense
  • non-blocking Research proposal 2nd year
  • non-blocking Academic writing
  • non-blocking Progress report
  • non-blocking Master's thesis pre-defense
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 3rd module
    0.3 * Qualitative methods practicum 1 + 0.3 * Qualitative practicum 2 + 0.4 * Term paper pre-defense
  • 2022/2023 4th module
    0.4 * Group work + 0.6 * Reflection paper
  • 2023/2024 3rd module
    0.2 * Academic writing + 0.4 * Master's thesis pre-defense + 0.15 * Progress report + 0.25 * Research proposal 2nd year
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bailey, S. (2017). Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students (Vol. Fifth edition). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1650435
  • Gangl, M. (2016). Counterfactuals and Causal Inference. Methods and Principles for Social Research. Stephen L. Morgan & Christopher Winship, 2007. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C94AE197

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Holland, J., & World Bank. (2007). Tools for Institutional, Political, and Social Analysis of Policy Reform : A Sourcebook for Development Practitioners. Washington, DC: World Bank Publications. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=187269
  • Johnson, A. P. (2016). Academic Writing : Process and Product. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1222793