Module Catalogues

International Relations Research Methods

Module Title International Relations Research Methods
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 5.00

Aims and Fit of Module

In this module students learn to understand and apply basic research methods in International Relations. Taking into account the breadth of the field in terms of epistemology and methods, this includes qualitative and quantitative, case study, and mixed method approaches. With a view to their Final Year Project (FYP), students will learn to develop their own research questions and research design and to plan and organize their project in a proposal.

Learning outcomes

A. Identify key methodological debates in International Relations
B. Understand and critically reflect on the utility of different research methods in International Relations
C. Apply International Relations research methods
D. Develop research questions
E. Understand the requirements of coherent research design
F. Understand research ethics
G. Critically apply these skills in developing a methodologically sound research proposal

Method of teaching and learning

Lectures and seminars for rehearsal of weekly topics.