PSIR 501 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Research Methods
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 501
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
-
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • to compare research techniques of political science with those of natural sciences.
  • to identify appropriate methodologies (quantitative and qualitative) and problems associated with those methodologies.
  • to identify research traditions of diverse political science literatures.
  • to assess the differences between the quantitative and qualitative traditions
  • to evaluate and interpret the results of political science literature.
  • to formulate hypotheses on political issues.
Course Content

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
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
2 The Social Scientific Enterprise: Overview and Key Concepts Della Porta, Donatella and Michael Keating, 2008. “How many approaches in the social sciences? An epistemological introduction”, in Della Porta and Keating (eds.), 19-39.
3 Literature Review and Academic Sources Knopf, Jeffrey. 2006. “Doing a Literature Review,” PS: Political Science and Politics, 40: 127 – 132
4 Research Questions and Developing Hypothesis Mearsheimer, John and Stephen Walt. 2013. “Leaving Theory Behind: Why simplistic hypothesis testing is bad for International Relations.” European Journal of International Relations
5 Research Design Schmitter,Philippe. 2008. “The design of social and political research”, in Della Porta and Keating (eds.), 263-295.
6 Case vs. Comparative Donatella della Porta. 2008. “Comparative analysis: case-oriented versus variable-oriented research”, in Della Porta and Keating (eds.), 198-223. Optional: Bennett, Andrew and Colin Elman (2007). Case Study Methods in the International Relations Subfield. CPS 40(2): 170-95. Gerring, John (2004). What Is a Case Study and What Is It Good For? American Political Science Review. 98(2): 341-54
7 Measurement and Sampling Jason Seawright, John Gerring. (2008) Case Selection Techniques in Case Study Research: A Menu of Qualitative and Quantitative Options. Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 2, pp. 294- 308
8 Historical and Ethnographic Thies, Cameron G. November 2002. “A Pragmatic Guide to Qualitative Historical Analysis in the Study of International Relations,” International Studies Perspectives 3(4), 351–372 Bray, Zoe. 2008. “Ethnographic Approaches”, in Della Porta and Keating (eds.), 296-315.
9 Discourse Analysis Neumann, Iver. 2008. “Discourse Analysis” in Qualitative Methods in IR. Klotz and Prakash (eds.), 1-77.
10 Content analysis Hermann, Margaret. 2008. “Content Analysis” in Qualitative Methods in IR. Klotz and Prakash (eds.), 151-167.
11 Process tracing Vennesson, Pascal. 2008. “Case studies and process tracing: theories and practices”, in Della Porta and Keating (eds.), 223-239.
12 Research Ethics Fujii, Lee Ann. 2011. “Research Ethics 101: Dilemma and Responsibilities” PS: Political Science and Politics 45(4): 717 - 723
13 Comparing approaches, methodologies and methods
14 Concluding Remarks
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks Above mentioned book chapters, scholarly articles and lecture notes prepared by the instructor
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
5
50
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
7
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
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
5
20
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
44
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
    Total
240

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1 To improve theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations and to ultimately deepen and develop intellectual interest X
2 To evaluate the relationships between factors in the field of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture in a critical perspective  X
3 To provide advanced competences to determine and question the theoretical and emprical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature  X
4 To identify the political and cultual conditions that generate discrimination mechanisms based on race, ethnic groups, gender and religion at national and international levels  X
5 To provide competences to develop original arguments in order to fill the gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature X
6 To determine, collect, resolve, and interpret the data that would measure the theories and concepts as variables by using scientific research methods in Political Science and International Relations field X
7 To use confidently the terms and concepts of Political Science and International Relations  X
8 To communicate systematically, in written, oral, and visual forms, contemporary developments in Political Science and International Relations to groups inside and outside the said discipline  X
9 To take responsibility in an individual capacity and as part of a team in generating solutions to unexpected problems that arise in relation to politics in daily life  X
10 To develop projects determining the institutional and political instruments for management of domestic and international conflicts  X
11 To prepare an orginal thesis/term project about Political Science and International Relations in accordance with scentific criteria  X
12 To design and carry out a scientific research project in the field of Political Science and International Relations  X
13 To have ethical, social and scientific values in the stages throughout the processes of collecting, interpreting, disseminating and implementing data relevant to Political Science and International Relations  X

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