GS 591 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Research Design and Methods in Social Sciences
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GS 591
Fall
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
Second Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The course is intended to provide a solid foundation associated with research design and methods in social sciences for graduate students to be used during the rest of their graduate study. This course aims to prepare graduate students to comprehend the tools, subjects and methods related with the logic of the scientific inquiry, research design, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. The course also targets to reinforce awareness of the research process and ability to conduct research in an ethical and through means via suitable research strategies.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Identify appropriate research methods
  • Use both qualitative and quantitative research techniques
  • Define a research problem
  • Formulate research questions and/or hypothesis for a given topic
  • Write a research proposal
  • Conduct an independent research project
  • Evaluate and report the results deriving from a research project
  • Comprehend the ethical responsibilities of a social sciences researcher
Course Content The aim of the course is to deliver a complete understanding of the various\nresearch methods used in the Social Sciences, and to establish necessary practical skills required for their application. In this course, students will be developing a formal research proposal for a master thesis or term project on a topic as it relates to their individual graduate programmes with the supervision of their advisors and present it to the academic staff of the related graduate programme.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction: Research in Social Science Chapter 2 &3 in Benton & Craib (2011)
2 Introduction to Research Ethics Chapter 1 &2 in Danermark et al. (2002)
3 Stages of Research in Social Sciences -
4 Stages of Research in Social Sciences -
5 Causality, Theory and Hypothesis Chapter 3 in King et al. (1995)
6 Linking Theory and Observation Chapter 5 in Rich et al. (2018)
7 Presenting Data by R -
8 Presenting Data by R -
9 Selecting and Presenting Data Chapter 4 in King et al. (1995) & Chapter 14 in Rich et. Al (2018)
10 Basics of Statistics -
11 Basics of Statistics
12 Surveys and Interviews Chapter 8 & 20 in Rich et al. (2018)
13 Content analysis Chapter 10 in Rich et al. (2018)
14 Scientific Output
15 Projects
16 Projects

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Qualitative Inquiry & Research Design, Choosing Among Five Approaches, John W. Creswell, Sage, 2007; Fundamentals of Qualitative Research, Johnny Saldana, Oxford University Press, 2011; Research Methods for Political Science: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, David E McNabb, Routledge, 2015; Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences, Howard Lune & Bruce L. Berg, 2017; OpenIntro Statistics / David Diez, Christopher barr, Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, 3rd ed, Statistics for business and economics / Paul Newbold, William L. Carlson, Betty M. Thorne.—8th ed. 2013, Introduction to New statistics / Geoff Cumming, Robert Calin-Jageman. 1st ed, 2017.
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
15
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
50
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
40
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
2
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
10
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
    Total
146

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to improve and ultimately deepen the level of theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in the discipline of media and communication studies,

2

To be able to carry on learning and conduct advanced research independently by critically evaluating knowledge in the field of media and communication,

3

To be able to utilize theoretical and practical knowledge at an expert level in the field of media and communication when developing plans, strategies, and policies,

4

To be able to take responsibility in an individual capacity and as part of a team in generating solutions to unexpected problems that arise in the area of communication in daily life,

5

To be able to grasp the interdisciplinary qualities of media and communication studies,

6

To be able to combine the knowledge of the media and communication field with knowledge from various related disciplines to form new knowledge in order to utilize interdisciplinary approaches and research methods to solve critical problems,

7

To be able to critically investigate social relations and the forms and norms of communication that constitute these relations while being to take action to improve and, when necessary, change these relations,

8

To be able to act with special concern for social and scientific values, as well as ethical principles, during the collection, interpretation, and publication of data related to the field of media and communication, and to take action to disseminate these values,

9

To be able to reconstruct a problem in the media and communication field as an academic problem, in order to conduct research, generate methods of solution, and evaluate results,

10

To be able to make use of foreign language for learning new knowledge in the media and communication field and to communicate with foreign colleagues,

11

To be able to communicate systematically, in written, oral, and visual forms, contemporary developments in media and communication to groups inside and outside the discipline,

12

To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advanced level computing and IT skills.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest