- Class Number 9718
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Maria Tanyag
- Dr Maria Tanyag
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
This course draws on social science generally and International Relations more specifically to provide students with the skills to ‘discern, evaluate and construct knowledge claims, evidence-based arguments, and methodologically sound work’. It recognises that particular epistemologies can favour particular modes of analysis and data gathering, but also explains how methods for generating research findings can then be open to multiple strategies for analysis. It examines the methodologies of research design, qualitative and quantitative methods of data gathering, forms of measurement, and modes of analysis and synthesis of research results. The course is not designed as a methods course in the abstract. Rather it is designed to enhance students’ capacity to deal with the design and methodological challenges of their thesis research.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge and a critical understanding of research design and methods
- Identify and critically engage with methods of investigation, data gathering and analysis
- Apply that knowledge to the development of their doctoral research proposal in line with progress towards their Thesis Proposal Review
- Communicate their critical understanding of research design and methods in a clear and concise way through a series of assignments and class participation
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Elements of research design 1: hypotheses, working arguments and conceptual frameworks|
|3||Elements of research design 2: modes of reasoning|
|4||Methods 1: case study design and comparative methods|
|5||Methods 2: process tracing and counterfactuals|
|6||Methods 3: mixed methods|
|7||Evidence and data gathering 1: archives, documents and unobtrusive techniques|
|8||Evidence and data gathering 2: interviews, field research and focus groups|
|9||Approaches to Analysis 1: Correlation and Regression|
|10||Approaches to Analysis 2: Hypothesis Testing|
|11||Approaches to analysis 3: qualitative research|
|12||Ethics and research integrity|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Short Essay||15 %||30/08/2020||15/09/2020||1,2,3|
|Long Essay||50 %||11/10/2020||20/10/2020||1,2,3|
|Take home exam||35 %||08/11/2020||03/12/2020||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Gschwend and Schimmelfennig (2007) describe research as a 'dialogue between theory and data'. Taking this as your starting point, choose one of the research methods introduced in weeks 4 to 6, and provide a critical analysis of how that method seeks to deal with that dialogue. You should take the required readings as the starting point for your analysis.
1000 words maximum. Worth 15%. Learning outcomes 1 and 3.
The assignment will be due on 30 August by 11:55pm.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
3000 words maximum. Worth 50% of final course mark.
Due date: 11 October by 11:55pm.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Take home exam
Due no later than 11:55pm on 8 November. Worth 35%
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