- Code POLS4011
- Unit Value 12 units
- 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
- Dr Svitlana Chernykh
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2024
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- develop research questions and puzzles;
- define and measure political science concepts;
- critically analyse political arguments;
- evaluate advantages and disadvantages of different methodological approaches and identify threats to valid causal inference; and
- design research strategies for case and method selection to answer research questions.
- Concepts and measurement exercise (1000 words) (15) [LO 2]
- Research design presentation (10 minutes) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research design paper (5500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Causal analysis exercise (1500 words) (20) [LO 3,4]
- Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Completion of a cognate major
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2496||19 Feb 2024||26 Feb 2024||31 Mar 2024||24 May 2024||In Person||N/A|