PSIR 695 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Seminar
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 695
Spring
0
0
0
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
Third Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to prepare students for a PhD thesis by focusing on their writing and analytical skills. The course will encourage students to identify and present a research agenda.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • The students who succeeded in this course will be able: Identify a preliminary research question.
  • Identify the literature related to their research question.
  • Show an understanding of the existing research.
  • Critically analyze the existing literature.
  • Formulate a hypothesis.
  • Present preliminary findings.
Course Content This course provides faculty and graduate students a setting to explore the existing literature in their area of study. The course serves as an introduction for graduate students to academic research.

 



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 | Basic Terminology
2 What is Research? Why Do Research?
3 Choosing a research question and planning your research
4 Finding and Using Sources, Working with the thesis advisor
5 Methods and Methodologies (I), Working with the advisor
6 Methods and Methodologies (II), Working with the advisor
7 Reading and Writing critically (I), Working with the advisor
8 Reading and Writing critically (II) Research ethics, Working with the advisor
9 Discussing Presentation contents, Working with the thesis advisor
10 Discussing Presentation drafts, Working with the thesis advisor
11 Preparing presentations
12 Preparing presentations
13 Review of the semester
14 Review of the semester
15 Presentations
16 Presentations

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

1. Bryan Greetham, How To Write Better Essays (Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Study Guides, 2001). 2. Peter Redman, Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide (London: Open University/Sage Publications, 2001). 3. Alice Oshima & Ann Hogue, Writing Academic English: A Writing and Sentence Structure Workbook for International Students (Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, n.d.). 4. Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.G., Williams, J.M. The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. 5. Gray, C., Malins, J. Visual Methodologies. London: Sage, 2007. 6. Gillian, R. Visualising Research. Hants: Ashgate, 2004. 7. Sharp, J.A., Peters, J., Howard, K.Management of a Student Research Project. Hants: Ashgate, 2002. 8. Chivers, B., Shoolbred, M. Students Guide to Presentations. Milton Keynes: Sage, 2007. 9. Denscombe, M. The Good Research Guide. McGraw-Hill Education, 2003. 10. Buzan, T. The Mind Map Book. New York: Plume, 1996.

Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
100
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
0
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
10
12
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
105
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
    Total
225

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

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

To be able to improve and deepen the theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations.

X
2

To be able to evaluate critically and analytically the relationships between various factors in the discipline of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture at an advanced level.

X
3

To be able to determine the theoretical and empirical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature and gain the ability of questioning at an advanced level.

X
4

To be able to gain the ability to develop innovative, leading and original arguments in order to fill the gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature.

X
5

To be able to gather, analyze, and interpret the data by using advanced qualitative or quantitative research methods in Political Science and International Relations.

X
6

To be able to develop original academic works and publish scientific articles in refereed national or international indexed journals in the field of Political Science and International Relations.

X
7

To be able to describe individual research and contemporary developments in Political Science and International Relations in written, oral, and visual forms.

X
8

To be able to take responsibility in an individual capacity and/or as part of a team in generating innovative and analytical solutions to the problems that arise in relation to the politics in daily life.

X
9

To be able to develop projects in determining the institutional and political instruments for conflict resolution in national and international politics.

10

To be able to prepare an original thesis in Political Science and International Relations based on scientific criteria.

X
11

To be able to follow new research and developments, publish scientific articles and participate the debates in academic meetings in Political Science and International Relations through a foreign language.

X
12

To be able to have ethical, social and scientific values in the stages throughout the processes of gathering, interpreting, disseminating and implementing data relevant to Political Science and International Relations. 

X

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