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Research Methods in International Relations

Code 15491
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Relações Internacionais
Entry requirements NA
Learning outcomes The course in Research Methodologies in International Relations aims to teach students the scientific process, its general steps, as well as the theoretical approaches and research techniques related with scientific research in International Relations. In the end, students should be able to:
1. Understand the general research logic and its steps
2. Identify and critically evaluate a variety of research methods
used in IR
3. To develop practical skills that enable student sto collect, analyze, present research data and write technical and scientific texts.
Syllabus A. The scientific process in International Relations
B. The Different Stages of the Research Process
C. "Designing" quantitative research projects in IR
D. "Designing" qualitative research projects in IR
E. Research planning and writing technical and scientific texts
Main Bibliography Curini, L. and Franzese, R. (ed) (2020) The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in
Political Science and International Relations. London: Sage
Klotz, A. and Prakash, D. (2008) Qualitative Methods in International Relations: A
Pluralist Guide, Hampshire: Palgrave.
Sprinz, D. and Wolinsky, Y. (2002) Models, Numbers, and Cases: Methods for
Studying International Relations. Michigan: Michigan University Press.
Lamont, C. (2015) Research Methods in International Relations. London: Sage.
Evans, D., Gruba, P., and Zobel, J. (2014) How to Write a Better Thesis. London:
Devin, G. (ed) (2018) Resources and Applied Methods in International Relations.
Switzerland: Palgrave
Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Denzin, N.K. & Lincoln, Y.S. (eds.) (2005): The Sage Handbook of Qualitative
Research, 3rd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA, London: Sage.
Keohane, RO, King, G & Verba, S. (1996) Designing Social Inquiry. Scientific
inference in Qualitative Research. New
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Most classes are theoretical-practical wich stimulates the active participation of students with interventions, debates and exercises of critical reflection (using audiovisual materials analyzed in class) on the topics covered.
Students will produce summary sheets of scientific articles in the area of IR and develop a research design for a research problem of their choice. The semester ends with the presentation of the final individual work.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-01-28

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