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Advanced Research Methods for International Relations

Module Title Advanced Research Methods for International Relations
Module Level Level 4
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

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.

Learning outcomes

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.