Aims and Fit of Module
In this module, students gain an advanced understanding of fundamental issues and methodological tools underlying empirical inquiry in International Relations with a view to apply these methods in their own projects, for example their Master’s thesis. Based on a thorough understanding of epistemological divisions, causal inference, and research design and ethics, students will engage with qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as formal modelling.
A Contrast epistemological foundations of International Relations research.
B Contrast multiple ways of making causal inferences.
C Critically evaluate requirements and challenges of research design.
D Evaluate requirements and challenges of research ethics.
E Understand and apply qualitative methods in International Relations research.
F Understand and apply quantitative methods in International Relations research.
G Understand and apply formal modelling in International Relations research.
Method of teaching and learning
The module will be informed by interactive and application-oriented teaching methods. It will consist of
seminars that include mini-lectures and independent study and research;
tutorials for learning how to apply quantitative and qualitative research methods and;
lab sessions for students to learn how to use software for quantitative and qualitative analysis.