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November

Research Seminar "Population and Development"

2020/2021
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Delivered at:
Department of Demography (Institute of Demography)
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
2 year, 1-4 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Research Seminar (RS) is a "playground" for academic communication between the students and the staff of the Institute of Demography and Department of Social Sciences, visiting scholars and the staff of other departments at HSE. A guided development of research pa-pers within the seminar environment provides a foundation to shape basic academic skills: critical reading and reviewing, academic writing and ethics, mutual learning, widening of sci-entific specialization, team-working, collaborative implementation of research projects. There-fore, the purpose of the RS is to develop research skills and apply these skills to conduct own research and write the thesis.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The objectives of the seminar are: • to provide a smooth transition from learning to conducting own research; • to guide students in choosing appropriate research directions and topics; • to form understanding of professional activity perspectives and possible directions of pro-fessional implementation; • to enlighten related research fields; • to deepen understanding of the academic activity: well-organized process of searching and re-viewing theoretical and methodological literature, justifying the goal, research questions, meth-ods, stating the hypotheses, selection of relevant methodology and evaluation of its con-straints; • To develop academic writing skills and text reviewing; • to advance presentation skills for further reporting within thesis defence procedure, con-ference talks or poster-reports; • to enhance skills of analytical work in small groups, group- discussions; • to practice academic discussion, moderation, constructive criticism of others' opinions and pro-vision of extensive written and verbal feedback to one’s assignments; adequate self-evaluation; • to form skills of elaboration and writing of the term paper and qualification thesis – i.e. the de-sign of the structure, the style of presentation, the ways of presenting statistical infor-mation and research results etc.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The student knows strategies of an application
  • The student knows additional methods useful for demography and development studies
  • the student knows how to present data or results in visual manner
  • the student knows how to ground a policy recommendation, outline of a policy paper
  • The student knows how to use and summarize the empirical results of the paper
  • The student can organize the predefence of the paper as a public presentation
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Predefences
    The practical defence of the preliminary version of the presentation and predefence of the thesis
  • Advanced data analysis and empirical results
    Additional models for quntitative analysis and methods of qualitative analysis, and interpretation of the results
  • Interpretation of results in an academic study
    Discussion chapter, theoretical implications, Conclusion Policy recommendations
  • Data and empirical results presentation
    Map-making (QGIS), visualisation (with different packages: Excel, SPSS, Stata)
  • Advanced methods and topic in P&D studies
    Non-government organizations, Demographic methods in Stata, Data quality
  • Application as an academic genre
    Applications to the academic grants, scholarships, PhD programmes, internships
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Abstract
    50% for presentation and 50% for the abstract itself
  • non-blocking Map-making task
  • non-blocking Empirical part essay
  • non-blocking Participation
  • non-blocking Predefense (Oral presentation 10-15 minutes and questions from the jury)
    Не является экзаменом
  • non-blocking Review of a group-mate predefence
  • non-blocking Visualization task
  • non-blocking Map-making task
  • non-blocking Empirical part essay
  • non-blocking Conclusion and discussion task
  • non-blocking Predefense (Oral presentation 10-15 minutes and questions from the jury)
    Не является экзаменом
  • non-blocking Review of a group-mate predefence
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.5 * Abstract + 0.5 * Map-making task
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.1 * Abstract + 0.25 * Empirical part essay + 0.1 * Map-making task + 0.1 * Participation + 0.35 * Predefense (Oral presentation 10-15 minutes and questions from the jury) + 0.1 * Review of a group-mate predefence
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 6, P., & Bellamy, C. (2012). Principles of Methodology : Research Design in Social Science. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=595703

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Theobald, T. (2019). Develop Your Presentation Skills : How to Inspire and Inform with Clarity and Confidence (Vol. Fourth edition). London: Kogan Page. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2175100