Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:39
Research methods and techniques are fundamental to the study of Politics and International Relations. In addition, they are highly desired by employers. This course will introduce students to a number of different research techniques which they will use throughout their studies at Honours and in particular their Honours dissertation. Moreover, they will also constitute a significant part of their graduate attributes.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
This course will introduce students to a wide variety of research techniques which will be utilized at honours level in both Politics and International Relations. Students will become proficient in the areas of Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods, discourse analysis, archival research and interview techniques. This will allow students to formulate and produce an individual research project proposal.
Main Learning Outcomes
A proficiency in the areas of Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods, discourse analysis, archival research and interview techniques. An ability to formulate and produce an individual research project proposal.
Each of the methods detailed below will be examined in turn.
1. Quantitative Methods
2. Qualitative Methods
3. Discourse analysis
4. Archival research
5. Interview techniques
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
The course will be assessed by continuous assessment.
1. Quantitative methods assignment (1000 words) -20%
2. Qualitative methods assignment (1000 words) -20%
3. Online test - 20%
4. Detailed Research Proposal (3-3,500 words) - 40%
Students will be required to submit or resubmit failed or missing elements at an agreed later date.
Formative assessment will take place in the tutorials/computing labs with oral feedback being provided for presentations.