Course ObjectiveLearning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding - The student has acquired knowledge and
(1) the various research traditions in the social and political sciences
and the ideas about the relation of theory and observations that they
Application - The student has acquired the competences to:
(2) critically reflect upon the methodological choices involved in
social science research;
(3) justify their own methodological choices in setting up a research
design, linking the levels of epistemology, methodology and techniques;
(4) apply suitable research techniques to the analysis of political
phenomena and formulate a research design.
Course ContentThis course aims to provide a common frame of reference for students to
develop the design of their thesis. Specifically, it aims to get
students thinking about the set-up of their Master thesis in terms of
the formulation of its research question, hypotheses, design and the
philosophy of political science that it implies.
The course has the form of a seminar, requiring active participation of
the students. This means that you are expected to do the required
readings in advance, and be prepared to discuss these in class and with
your fellow students. Ahead of each class, you have to submit a
mini-assignment in which you apply the readings to the topic of your
Master thesis. These mini-assignments are to constitute the building
blocks of the final paper: a research design (in outline).
Teaching MethodsSeminar. Two three-hour sessions for four weeks.
Method of AssessmentClass participation and small assignments (together 33%) and final paper
LiteratureCentral text to be purchased ahead of class:
Halperin, S. and O. Heath (2017). Political Research. Methods and
Practical Skills. 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN
Additional reading material will be announced in due course and made
available through Canvas.
Target AudienceStudents in the Master Political Science (mandatory course for students
in all tracks).
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. B.J.J. Crum|
|Examiner||prof. dr. B.J.J. Crum|
prof. dr. B.J.J. Crum
You need to register for this course yourself
|Teaching Methods||Study Group|