49002 - RESEARCH PROBLEMS AND METHODS

Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Jay Daniel Mininger

  • Crediti formativi 4

  • SSD SECS-S/05

  • Modalità di erogazione In presenza (Convenzionale)

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese

  • Orario delle lezioni dal 28/05/2018 al 08/06/2018

Anno Accademico 2017/2018

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

Student is expected to be equipped with practical skills for conducting social science research; identifying, organising and reviewing relevant literature; structuring, writing up and referencing academic work (such as course essays and MA theses); and publishing articles in peer reviewed academic journals and chapters in edited volumes.

Programma/Contenuti

Methodology Course, Part II: Research Problems and Methodologies

The aim of this course is to equip students with practical skills for conducting social science and interdisciplinary research; identifying, organizing and reviewing relevant literature; structuring, writing up and referencing academic work (such as course essays and MA theses); and publishing articles in peer reviewed academic journals and chapters in edited volumes. The course focuses on two main subject areas: 1) research techniques, including especially reading strategies and skills in building bibliographies; and 2) a discussion of major methodological paradigms, in the service of learning to develop thesis-level research projects. It is a practical, skill-developing course that does not require substantive preliminary preparation; however, it is premised upon active and responsible participation on the part of the students.

Testi/Bibliografia

Gary King, Robert Keohane, Sidney Verba (1994) Designing Social Enquiry: Scientific Inferences in Qualitative Research (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press)

Landman, Todd (2000) The One, the Few and the Many: Research Strategies in Comparative Politics (University of Essex, Dept of Government Pamphlet

Landman, Todd (2003) Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction (London: Routledge)

March, David and Gerry Stoker (1995) Theory and Methods in Political Science (Basingstoke: Macmillan)

Stock, Molly (1985) A Practical Guide to Graduate Research (New York: McGrow Hill)

Dunleavy, Patrick (2003) Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)

Storey, William Kelleher (2009) Writing History. A Guide for Students (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

 

Metodi didattici

Lectures; prepared readings; full class and small group discussions; in-class exercises; peer-review exercises; group presentations.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Possible Assignments include:

--Group presentation of mock thesis proposal.

--Research Question development:

Each student will present a research question to the class for general discussion, critique, and development.

The final exam for these two weeks belongs together with “Methodology Course, Part I: Academic Writing and Research Skills,” which was completed in fall semester 2016. However, there will be several assignments (see above) during these two week sessions, which will be included in the final grade assessed to the Methodology Course Parts 1&2.

 

The outcome of the module will be averaged to that of the other module composing the integrated course in order to determine the final grade.

Orario di ricevimento

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