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Module Code: INR202
Module Title: International Relations Research Methods
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: International Relations
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to help students to grasp the basic concepts and methods of study of international relations, develop their own research skills and give them an insight into Quantitative and Qualitative techniques specially used in analyzing international affairs. The particular context is preparation for their Final Year Project.
Learning outcomes 
Students completing the module successfully should be able to:

A. Have a reflective understanding of social science research methods used in the study of international relations.

B. Develop a critical awareness of the key methodological debates in the field of international relations.

C. Develop the ability to approach International Relations research problems from a scholarly perspective.

D. Identify analytical advantages of different methods and approaches for International Relations practitioners.

E. Discuss potential limits and dilemmas in the design of their own International Relations research.

F. Prepare for undertaking independent research on key aspects of international affairs
Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures and seminars for rehearsal of weekly topics.
Introduction to International Relations Research Methods

How You Approach Your Research: Empirical/Interpretive Divide

Research Questions, Puzzles, and Priory Research

Conceptualization of the Social World

Research Design and Research Ethics

Classic Quantitative Methods in International Relations I

Classic Quantitative Methods in International Relations II

Classic Qualitative Methods in International Relations I

Classic Qualitative Methods in International Relations II

Mixed Methods in International Studies

Case Study and Comparative Research

Field Research in International Studies

Direct Observation, Archival Research, Interviewing

Crafting Your Own Research Proposal

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 In-Class Performance 10.00
2 Reading Reports 10.00
3 Seminar Presentation 10.00
4 2000 Word Research Proposal 30.00
5 Final Exam 40.00

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