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Master 2022/2023

Research Seminar "Public Policy Analysis"

Type: Elective course (Political Analysis and Public Policy)
Area of studies: Political Science
Delivered by: Public Policy Department
When: 2 year, 1-3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Master’s programme: Political Analysis and Public Policy
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 50

Course Syllabus


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
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Research proposal
  • non-blocking Group work
  • Partially blocks (final) grade/grade calculation Term paper defense
  • non-blocking Term paper pre-defense
    Due to COVID19 situation, this year's pre-defenses will be held in online format. We will use Zoom for videoconferences, students will be provided with a link to join the conference and must paticipate in accordance with the schedule announced by the study office. Students need to make sure that their Internet connection is stable enough to have a videoconference. The commision will tolerate disconnects, but a student must return to a conference in not more than 3 minutes. If connection problems persists, the commision will consider a possibility to reschedule the defense for a student. Reexaminations will be held in a standard for such kind of control form.
  • non-blocking Preliminary literature review
  • non-blocking Research outline and draft of the 1st chapter
  • non-blocking Reflection paper
  • non-blocking Homework (Toulmin's model)
  • non-blocking Homework (Academic writing)
  • non-blocking Research proposal 2nd year
    2000 words (without bibliography), Times New Roman 12, 1.5 line spacing. Your paper must include: Preliminary topic of the research; Background information on the issue; Explicit statement of the research problem, Research question, which states the particular intriguing aspect of the problem the research is supposed to deal with; Research goal; Research tasks which are needed for achieving the goal; Preliminary methodology and theoretical foundation
  • non-blocking Literature review
    You need to conduct a review of the literature related to the problem that you will cover in a master's thesis. Include at least 10 different academic sources (books, reports and articles) and summarize their content in a coherent way to clearly present what the state of the research is in this field and where the research gap that you want to study
  • non-blocking Progress report
    ■The purpose of this report is to ensure that you are on track to complete your thesis within the timeframe. It is an assignment where you must explain how far you’ve gone towards the completion of your research: what was planned for this period of time, what was achieved, what were the problems/challenges and what must be done to finalize your research. ■General requirements: Timeframe - November 2022 - March 2023 You must reflect on 4 main points (2-3 slides on each): -What was planned for this period of time? (i.e to complete the first half of your thesis; to collect particular data; to develop final structure of the thesis, etc) -What has been done during this period (follow your plans mentioned in the first point, i.e have you begun collecting data for your project? If not yet, and you plan on doing so, please provide a timeline for your research or data collection efforts. What kind of data you already collected, what is the ratio between primary/secondary data. If you are working with an existing dataset, describe it. How many pages are already written/in development, etc) -What were the problems/challenges? (I hope it is more or less clear - what issues you've faced in your work) -What must be done to finalize your research (how much work is left, what are the priorities, when the final cut will be ready?)
  • non-blocking 1st chapter draft
  • Partially blocks (final) grade/grade calculation Pre-defense
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
    0.6 * Research proposal + 0.4 * Group work
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
    0.2 * Homework (Academic writing) + 0.4 * Term paper pre-defense + 0.2 * Research outline and draft of the 1st chapter + 0.2 * Homework (Toulmin's model)
  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.5 * Group work + 0.5 * Reflection paper
  • 2022/2023 1st module
    0.4 * Literature review + 0.6 * Research proposal 2nd year
  • 2022/2023 3rd module
    0.3 * 1st chapter draft + 0.2 * Progress report + 0.5 * Pre-defense


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