Module Details

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Title RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICS
Code POLI138
Coordinator Dr UA Petersohn
Politics
U.Petersohn@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 30

Aims

This module will familiarise students with some of the most commonly used quatitative and qualitative methods for political research. These include questionnaire design, delivery and analysis, interviewing, as well as organisational activities relating to project design and management. 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) By the end of the module, students should have a sound understanding of the theoretical debate surrounding the major methods for research work in the field of politics.

(LO2) Be familiar with the practical dilemmas and tensions connected to research in the field of politics.

(LO3) Be able to to choose appropriate methodological approaches for a particular research project and to work out a suitable research plan.

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


Syllabus

 

Topics covered during the module may include:

Concepts;

Elite interviewing;

Case study I;

Case study II;

Quantitative methods I;

Quantitative methods II;

Quantitative methods III.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Seminar
Description: One weekly seminar. Students will be expected to actively participate in seminars. A key aspect of this module is the focus on critical debates and controversies in the academic literature.Seminars will be used to establish the basic framework of methods in political science and how to apply them.
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

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

        22
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 278
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 2 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment.  -1500 words    25       
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment.  -4500 words    75       

Recommended Texts

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