COURSE INFORMATION
Course Title: RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES
Code Course Type Regular Semester Lecture Recit. Lab Credits ECTS
PIR 201 C 3 - - - 4 5
Lecturer and Office Hours: Diturije Ismaili
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: -
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: N/A
Course Description: -
Course Objectives: This course observes the research methods in social sciences, with particular emphasis on political science and international relations. It deals with methods for both qualitative and quantitative empirical research as well as case studies. The focus is on methodology design, data collection, analysis and research writing/report. The course aims to teach students to learn the logic of research and covering both quantitative and qualitative approaches. It aims to accommodate students between the common elements in research methods across social sciences area, on the other hand specialized elements that relate to political sciences and international relations. As a final result, the course seeks to ensure that all students before they cover qualitative and quantitative methods they should be able to identify define and analyze research questions and establish connections among questions, data and techniques for their collection and analysis on their preferred specific field
COURSE OUTLINE
Week Topics
1 Presentation of the syllabus. Introduction to the research methodology , overview of texts and expectations. Introduction to Research, Science and scientific research(hours 3-4)
2 Methodology, research design and ethics
3 Desk review, Literature Review, Archival analysis
4 Research Strategy: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Designs
5 Field Research, Elite interviewing
6 Historical-comparative research and case study methodology
7 Project Cycle Management
8 MID TERM EXAM
9 Concluding the research and Policy Process
10 Qualitative and quantitative measurements
11 Qualitative and quantitative sampling
12 Experimental Research
13 Survey Research, Focus Groups
14 Non creative research, secondary and discourse analysis
Prerequisite(s): Class attendance and participation; timely delivery of the assignments
Textbook: • Alan.B, 2008, Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press • Roger.P, 2009, Research Methods in Politics, SAGE publications • Anol Bhattacherjee, Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices, Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, 2012 (Available online) • Keith.P, Introduction to Social Research, Qualitative and quantitative Approaches, SAGE Publications • Michael J.P, David S. Waller, 2011, Designing and Managing g a Research Project, SAGE Publications • Burnham, P. 2008. Research methods in politics. Palgrave Macmillan: New York.(Available in the Library of the Epoka University). • Neuman, W. L. 2003. Social research methods: qualitative and quantitative approaches (Available in the Library of the Epoka University). • European Commission. 2004. Project Cycle Management Guidelines. Brussels. (Available online)
Other References: • Bob Matthews and Liz Ross, Research Methods, A practical guide for the social sciences, Pearson, 2010 • Scott B.,2008, Making Things Happen, mastering project management, O’Reilly Media • Marsh, D., and Stoker, G. 2002. Theory and methods in political science. Palgrave Macmillan: New York. (Available in the Library of the Epoka University
Laboratory Work: N/A
Computer Usage: N/A
Others: No
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
1 The students will receive basic and general information about research
2 The students will demonstrate knowledge of major research methods in social sciences, including political science and international relations
3 The students will demonstrate sufficient ability to use these methods in particular cases
4 They will demonstrate ability to select a topic for research project and apply research method
5 They will demonstrate skills evaluating and providing critiques to selected methods
COURSE CONTRIBUTION TO... PROGRAM COMPETENCIES
(Blank : no contribution, 1: least contribution ... 5: highest contribution)
No Program Competencies Cont.
COURSE EVALUATION METHOD
Method Quantity Percentage
Midterm Exam(s)
1
30
Presentation
1
10
Project
1
10
Final Exam
1
40
Attendance
10
Total Percent: 100%
ECTS (ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD)
Activities Quantity Duration(Hours) Total Workload(Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 4 64
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 2 32
Mid-terms 1 9 9
Assignments
Final examination 1 20 20
Other 0
Total Work Load:
125
Total Work Load/25(h):
5
ECTS Credit of the Course:
5