- Code POLS3045
- Unit Value 6 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 Policy Studies, Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Marija Taflaga
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2023
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This seminar style course will teach students the three main qualitative methods used in political science: (elite) Interviewing, document analysis and participant observation. In this practically-focused course, students will learn to generate research questions suited to qualitative methods, design research protocols and implement them. They will then learn how to go about analysing the data they produce or encounter.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand and identify qualitative methods in and their use in political science research;
- develop a research protocol and design using qualitative methods in political science;
- develop techniques and skills appropriate to the design and conduct of qualitative research for political science; and
- communicate effectively and defend in written format an empirical argument appropriate to political science.
- Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research design paper (1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Reflection on method use Paper (2000 words) (30) [LO 2,3,4]
- Research Paper (3000-3500 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Assessment is set at the 3000 level.
There are no prescribed texts for this course. Readings will be provided via wattle.
Beach, Derek, and Rasmus Pedersen. Process-Tracing Methods: Foundations and Guidelines. Accessed November 21, 2018. https://www.press.umich.edu/2556735.
Brady, Henry E, and David Collier. Rethinking Social Inquiry?: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards. 2nd ed. Lanham, Md.?: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010. http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/48781380.
Dowding, Keith. The Philosophy and Methods of Political Science. Political Analysis. London?; New York, NY: Palgrave, 2016.
Gerring, John, and Lee Cojocaru. “Selecting Cases for Intensive Analysis: A Diversity of Goals and Methods.” Sociological Methods & Research 45, no. 3 (August 1, 2016): 392–423. https://doi.org/10.1177/0049124116631692.
Jacob, Stacy, and S. Furgerson. “Writing Interview Protocols and Conducting Interviews: Tips for Students New to the Field of Qualitative Research.” The Qualitative Report 17, no. 42 (October 15, 2012): 1–10.
Moravcsik, Andrew. “Transparency: The Revolution in Qualitative Research.” PS: Political Science & Politics 47, no. 1 (January 2014): 48–53. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049096513001789.
Ragin, Charles C., and Howard Saul Becker. What Is a Case?: Exploring the Foundations of Social Inquiry. Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Toshkov, Dimiter. Research Design in Political Science. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
POLS1009: Research and Writing in Political Science
POLS2044: Contemporary Political Analysis
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