This module introduces you to the research design and methods used in the study of politics. The aim of the module is twofold: (1) to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to understand, compare and evaluate the design of, and methods used in, research in the field of politics, and (2) to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to design your own research project and to make informed choices with regards to the methods of research.
The module focuses on the logic behind various types of research design and the key features of different methods used in research in the field of politics. We will discuss these issues using key chapters and articles on methodology as well as examples of (empirical) studies in which choices in terms of design and methods are – implicitly or explicitly – made. The topics which are covered include description and explanation, concept analysis and typologies, experimental vs non-experimental methods, the comparative method, case studies and case selection, and historical and ethnographic research. “Research Methods in Politics” is a compulsory module in the second year of the BA/BSc Politics, and builds on some of the knowledge and skills which you have developed in the module “Studying Politics” (Year 1).
Please note that module information is indicative and may change year to year
1-hour lecture & 1-hour seminar weekly
Module assessment - more information
2,500-word essay (50%) & 2,500-word essay (50%)