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Research Methodologies Introduction

Code 15445
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Ciência Política e Relações Internacionais
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes 1. Understand the nature, relevance and methodological research traditions in Political Science and International Relations

2. Recognize the main stages of the research process and analyze its application to specific cases.

3. Undertake autonomously specific scientific research tasks.
Syllabus 1. Scientific research
1.1. The basics of scientific research
1.2. The relevance of Political Science and International Relations research
1.3. Research pluralism on Political Science and International Relations
1.4. What is research and how to start doing it

2. Research process
2.1. Types and dynamics of the research process
2.2. Research question and exploration
2.3. Literature revision
2.4. Problematization and research design
2.5. Data collection and treatment
2.6. Conclusions

3. Research practises
3.1. Search and data sources
3.2. Selection and organization of the sources
3.3. Structure and construction of the text
3.4. Academic writing, bibliographic references and plagiarism
Main Bibliography - Campenhoudt, L. V.; Marquet, J.; Quivy, R. (2019). Manual de investigação em ciências sociais. Lisboa: Gradiva.
- Coutinho, C. P. (2018). Metodologia de investigação em ciências sociais e humanas. 2ª ed. Coimbra: Almedina.
- Porta, D. d. ; Keating, M. (2008). Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences: A pluralist perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Powner, L. C. (2015). Empirical research and writing: A Political Science student’s practical guide. Thousand Oaks: CQ Press.
- Rich, R. C., Brians, C. L., Manheim, J. B., & Willnat, L. (2018). Empirical political analysis: Quantitative and qualitative research methods. 9th ed. New York: Routledge.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Assessment criteria:
- Individual essay: 55% + 10%
- Group presentation: 25%
- 4 individual quizzes: 10%

Alternative criteria for Erasmus students:
- Individual essay: 100%

Alternative criteria for working students or students with overlapped courses:
- Individual essay 100%
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-09-23

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