Research Methods in European Integration Studies 4003-115MB
A mixed class format: lectures and tutorials.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the most important issues concerning research methods in European integration studies. In this context, we can distinguish the following specific objectives:
- Introduction to the key concepts of social research methods
- Developing practical skills in research design
- A broad overview of research trends in European integration studies.
Beside theoretical reflection, thoughtful application of research methods is one of the key elements that determine the quality of scientific work. On the one hand it comes to knowledge of research trends, and on the other the understanding of research methods and techniques in social sciences. A distinctive feature of this course is its focus on the methods and techniques most commonly used by students, and all the examples will be based on the literature on European integration. The skills acquired during this course will be able useful not only for research practices but also in professional work, e.g. in preparing reports for superiors.
1. Organizational meeting
2. The logic of research topic formulation
3. The basic elements of the research process
4. Formulating a research problem
5. Hypotheses, conceptualization and operationalization
6. The choice of methods (case studies, the comparative method)
8. Reviewing the literature
9. Desk work
10. Content analysis
11. Quantitative Methods and Techniques
12. Qualitative Methods and Techniques
13. European studies as a new academic discipline?
Class work– 30 hrs
Preparation to the classes – 30 hrs
Project design – 30 hrs
Preparation to the examination – 30 hrs
Total – 120 hrs
Type of course
Upon the completion of the course the student:
1. describes the basic elements of the research process
2. recognizes the specificity of the resrearch area of European studies
1. applies the acquired knowledge to prepare a research proposal
2. formulates and justifies the topic selections
3. sets the research questions
4. identifies the sources of scientific knowledge
1. identifies the arguments for and against specific solutions
2. articulates the above arguments in writing
Students prepare a research project that is subsequently defended during an oral examination.
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