- Code POGO8196
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by Policy and Governance Program
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Policy and Governance
- Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Bingqin Li
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2014
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"If you could learn only one thing in graduate school, it should be how to do scholarly research" (Gary King, Harvard University). By teaching the fundamental logic and process of empirical and interpretive research, and exploring the philosophical basis of social science research, this course helps students assess existing studies, identify their own research questions, develop arguments, and formulate strategies to conduct research. The course also contains workshops on practical aspects of research practice. This course is suitable for postgraduate students in political science, public policy, and international relations.
1. This course is offered as part of the Postgraduate Training in Politics and Policy (PTPP) Program jointly organized by the Crawford School of Public Policy (CAP) and the School of Politics and International Relations (CASS). The program, however, is open to any postgraduate student in the social sciences.
2. This course mainly covers principles of research design in the social sciences. Students are strongly encouraged to read additional materials and/or to take other courses, such as Research Methods offered in CASS, to learn specific quantitative and qualitative methods.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
• 1. formulate their own research question and to choose a proper research design that could examine the question;
• 2. assess conditions under which one can properly apply tools of measurement and systematic ways to make inferences and interpret data
• 3. undertake critical evaluations of methodological issues and problems in existing empirical research;
• 4. consider a variety of approaches to research in social sciences;
• 5. understand the importance of ethics in research and the ethical review process at ANU;
• 6. develop, refine and present a research proposal for their own original research.
If you are not studying in a program at the Crawford School of Public Policy, please seek permission to enrol from the course convenor. If you intend to undertake major research, you are encouraged to take POGO8096 in Semester 1.
On Campus. 5 days of intensive lectures. All lecture notes (PowerPoint slides) and audio recordings will be uploaded to Wattle after each lecture.
In addition, students are required to attend academic and research skills workshops, group discussion sessions, and end-of-semester presentation sessions.
50% Short notes, including a literature review (Learning outcomes 1 - 5).
50% Research proposal (Learning outcomes 1 - 6)
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- 5 days of intensive lectures during the semester (5 hours x 6 weeks)
- Academic and research skills workshops (1.5 hours x 5 sessions)
- Discussion and presentation sessions (1.5 hours x 6 sessions)
- 3-5 hours per week for reading and preparation outside of contact hours to complete the course
Shively, W. Phillips. 2009. The Craft of Political Research. Seventh Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3705||17 Feb 2014||07 Mar 2014||31 Mar 2014||30 May 2014||In Person||N/A|