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Research Methodology in Political Science

Code 12286
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 7,5
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Learning outcomes 1. To understand and apply the process of scientific research in the Master in Political Science.
2. To autonomously explore and develop a critical review of the literature on a political science topic.
3. To conceive and evaluate models of analysis concerning political science research problems.
4. To justify the use of Political Science research methods and techniques in a particular project.


Syllabus 1. Scientific research and methodology
2. Dissertation and dissertation project in Political Science
3. Types of research designs and processes
4. The research topic exploration
5. The critical review of the literature
6. The problem and the model of analysis
7. Methods and techniques
Main Bibliography - Barakso, M.; Sabet, D. M.; Schaffner, B. (2014). Understanding political science research methods: the challenge of inference. Routledge.
- Bell, J. (2010). Como realizar um projecto de investigação. 5ªed. Lisboa: Gradiva.
- Campenhoudt, L.; Marquet, J.; Quivy, R. (2019). Manual de investigac¸a~o em cie^ncias sociais. Lisboa: Gradiva.
- Coutinho, C. P. (2014). Metodologia de investigação em ciências sociais e humanas: teoria e prática. Coimbra: Almedina.
- Porta, D. d. ; Keating, M. (2008). Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences: A pluralist perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Rugg, G.; Petre, Marian (2006). A gentle guide to research methods. McGraw-Hill Education
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Final grade is composed as follows:
- Dissertation project: 60%
- Presentation: 30%
- Presentation reports: 10%

Erasmus students and working students:
- Dissertation project: 100%
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-05-23

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