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.
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.