• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, International Affairs, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jill Sheppard
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course introduces students to advanced methodological debates and research design in political science. Students will learn research skills to interpret and explain political processes, learning from scholarly literature on case selection and research methodologies and from research papers where various methodologies are applied. They will apply these skills to design their own research projects and present their research design papers at the end of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. develop research questions and puzzles;
  2. define and measure political science concepts;
  3. critically analyse political arguments;
  4. evaluate advantages and disadvantages of different methodological approaches and identify threats to valid causal inference; and
  5. design research strategies for case and method selection to answer research questions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Concepts and measurement exercise (1000 words) (15) [LO 2]
  2. Research design presentation (10 minutes) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Research design paper (5500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Causal analysis exercise (1500 words) (20) [LO 3,4]
  5. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of seminars over 12 weeks

b) 212 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Inherent Requirements

N/A

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Political Science (Honours) (HPLSC), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) (HPOLS), Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) (HDEVS), Bachelor of European Studies (Honours) (HEURO), Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) (HIR), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours (HMECA) or Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) (HPPE), or completed 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

Prescribed Texts

Not required

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $8640
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $11640
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2669 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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