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Research Methods in International Relations

Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
IRD0079 Research Methods in International Relations 2/0/0 EL 2
Course Goals
 This class is intended to introduce students to the basic steps involved in developing research design and writing research papers. Strong emphasis will be placed on the concrete issues of conducting research: selecting a question, finding and evaluating sources, using appropriate citation forms, building an argument supported by evidence, and writing up a research paper. Upon completion of this course, students will be better equipped to prepare a research paper in academic standards.
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Schedule Wednesday 09:00-11:00; B1-7
Office Hour(s) Wednesday 11:00-12:00; 4D-7
Teaching Methods and Techniques -Lecture, discussion, presentation
Principle Sources -Lisa A. Baglione, Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods, 2016: Sage. 

Paul D. Leedy and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod, Practical Research: Planning and Design, 2013: Pearson.
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Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Introduction to the course Lecturing
2. Week The nature and tools of research Lecturing
3. Week Finding a research question Lecturing
4. Week Student presentations on their research questions and their significance Presentation and discussion
5. Week Student presentations on their research questions and their significance Presentation and discussion
6. Week Literature Review: What is it and how it should be done? Lecturing
7. Week Practice to get access to library, online academic sources and databases Lecturing
8. Week Midterm
9. Week Midterm
10. Week The significance of preparing an acceptable bibliography Lecturing
11. Week Alternative citation forms –MLA, APA etc. Lecturing
12. Week Distilling your argument Lecturing
13. Week Writing a good introduction and conclusion Lecturing
14. Week Overview and final questions about the research papers discussion
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16. Week
17. Week
Assessments
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Homework / Term Projects / Presentations 3 55
Project(s) 1 45