Module Details

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Title RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICS
Code POLI116
Coordinator Dr UA Petersohn
Politics
U.Petersohn@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

This module will familiarise students with some of the most commonly used quatitative and qualitative methods for political research. These include case study design and a basic introduction to descriptive statistics. In addition, students will be familiarised with the theoretical debates relating to their choice of research methodology with particular reference to the quantitative-qualitative dichotomy and comparative methods.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To introduce students to the theoretical debate surrounding the major methods for research work in the field of politics.

(LO2) To familiarise students with the practical dilemmas and tensions connected to research in the field of politics.

(LO3) To teach students to choose appropriate methodological approaches for a particular research project and to work out a suitable research plan.

(LO4) To teach students a number of transferable skills, namely IT skills, analytical skills, especially with regard to quantitative data, communication and interactive skills, time management and organisational skills.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written


Syllabus

 

Topics covered during the module may include:

Dissertation methodology: Strategies and approaches;

Introduction to Research Methods;

Introduction to the building blocks: Concepts and operationalization;

Introduction to the building blocks: Causality, and causal arguments;

Case studies: Introduction to case study research;

Case studies: Cross case analysis;

Case studies: Within case analysis;

Quantitative methods I;

Quantitative methods II;

Quantitative methods III;

Quantitative methods IV.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Seminar
Description: One weekly seminar

Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   22

        22
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
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opportunity
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Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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Assessment 2 (Coursework) There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2500 words    75       
Assessment 1 (Coursework) There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1500 words    25       

Recommended Texts

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