2019 Methodology of Political Science and Economics I

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Graduate major in Technology and Innovation Management
Ikegami Masako  Goto Mika 
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Course description and aims

The course will deal with basic methods for formulating a research project, planning and implementing a scientific study in political sciences, mainly for qualitative case studies.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of the course the students are expected to be able to:
• present a relevant research project
• plan and implement a scientific study
• express themselves clearly in accordance with scientific practice
• apply social science methods for qualitative analysis
• analyze empirical data
• critically review a scientific study, with a focus on qualitative case analysis of decision-making and policy concerning research & development (R&D)


methodology of social sciences, qualitative analysis, case studies, policy analysis of R&D and science & technology (S&T)

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The course consists of lectures on qualitative methods and seminars on case studies of decision-making/policy analysis in the field of S&T and R&D.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Introduction
Class 2 Qualitative methods I Qualitative methods I
Class 3 Qualitative methods II Qualitative methods II
Class 4 Qualitative case analysis I Qualitative case analysis I
Class 5 Qualitative case analysis II Qualitative case analysis II
Class 6 Synergy of qualitative and quantitative methods Synergy of qualitative and quantitative methods;
Class 7 Reexamining the contemporary social science framework Synergy of qualitative and quantitative methods
Class 8 Summary and discussion Oral presentation of group works, Summary and discussion


* Alexander L. George and Andrew Bennett, Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences, MIT Press, 2005
* Sumantra Ghoshal (2005) “Bad management theories are destroying good management practices”, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 75-91
* Ghoshal & Moran (1996) “Bad for practice: a critique of the transaction cost theory”, Academy of Management Review, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 13-47
Social Research Methods (4th Edition) by Alan Bryman (2012, Oxford University Press),
Bryman & Bell, Business Research Methods 3rd ed. (2011, Oxford University Press)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Supplementary articles and book chapters may be included as hand-outs

Assessment criteria and methods

This course consists of obligatory lectures and seminars. Each student is required to read the assigned readings and come prepared to discuss them. Active participation, oral presentation and essay work are required to pass the course. Basic knowledge of international politics is preferable for effective participation. The evaluation is based on the followings:
• Regular class attendance and active participation: 40%
• Group work with oral presentation: 30%
• Essay work (final paper) with oral presentation: 30%

Related courses

  • TIM.A404 : Methodology of Political Science and Economics II
  • TIM.C510 : Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Analysis I
  • TIM.C511 : Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Analysis II

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