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Research Methods in Political Science

Code 15741
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements n/a
Learning outcomes 1. Acknowledge the goals and relevance of scientific research and the relevance of methodology
2. Understand the research process dynamic and the content and the value of each step
3. Understand the role and features of a dissertation and an internship report
4. Create a dissertation project (or an internship project) using methodological knowledge

Syllabus 1. Political Science Research
1.1. The essence of scientific research
1.2. The research methodology relevance
1.3. The research process dynamic

2. Research in the Political Science Masters
2.1. The internship report and the internship project
2.2. The dissertation and the dissertation project
2.3. How to make an internship project
2.3.1. Institutional contacts and the research topic
2.3.2. Literature review
2.3.3. Institutional context
2.3.4. Internship objectives
2.4. How to make a dissertation project
2.4.1. The topic, the problem and the research question
2.4.2. Literature review
2.4.3. The theoretical framework
2.4.4. Research objectives and delimitations
2.4.5. Introduction to research design
Main Bibliography - 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.
- Oliver, P. (2010). Understanding the research process. London: Sage.
- Kellstedt, P. M., & Whitten, G. D. (2018). The fundamentals of political science research. 3rd ed. Cambridge University Press.
- Barakso, M.; Sabet, D. M. & Schaffner, B. (2014). Understanding political science research methods: the challenge of inference. Routledge.
- Rich, R. C.; Brians, C. L.; Manheim, J. B.; & Willnat, L. (2018). Empirical Political Analysis. 9th ed. New York: Routledge.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Combination between lecture and presentation of research examples.

Assessment (normal):
Dissertation or internship project : 60%
Presentation: 15%
Progress reports: 25%

Assessment (working-students):
Dissertation or internship project : 80%
Presentation: 20%
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-02-20

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