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PI3069: RESEARCHING IN THE 21ST CENTURY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 12 Oct 2022 11:11


Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Kathrin Thomas

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either International Relations (IR) (Studied) or Politics (PI) (Studied)
  • Programme Level 3
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims

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. 

Course Content

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


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 18

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Individual Project

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Group Project

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Research Proposal

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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Second attempt at failed assessment(s).

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralEvaluateStudents learn to critically read and write about research, starting from critically reading previous research, organising arguments/thoughts and writing structured literature reviews.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents learn to understand why and how we apply different research methods to analyse politics and international relations, including research ethics.
ProceduralApplyStudents learn to apply a variety of research methods, including the collection of empirical data and data analysis. As this includes a team project, students apply the rules of collaborative research
ReflectionCreateStudents produce a research proposal in which they apply and critically reflect on research methods in relation to their own research questions learning to plan and pursue a research project.

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