Advanced Research Methods

Course NameAdvanced Research Methods
Course CodePOS509
DescriptionThe focus of this course is to help students develop appropriate research designs for their substantive papers and/or research proposals for their master‘s theses. Understanding the merits and limitations of different epistemological traditions and researchmethods in social sciences, the students will learn to create and methodologically critique research designs. Special attention is given to the variants of theory-oriented qualitative cross-case research and interpretive case studies. The course looks at the proper domain of each method and address ways of combining them in a single research project.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Develop the ability of concept formation and integrate it into a research design;
– Realize how to use and contribute to theories through cross-case and single case study research;
– Demonstrate the link between a research question, research method and selection of sources;
– Write methodologically sound research designs of academic quality;
– Make oral and written methodological criticisms on others’ research designs.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS