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.
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)
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|Class 2||Qualitative case analysis I||Qualitative case analysis I|
|Class 3||Qualitative case analysis II||Qualitative case analysis II|
|Class 4||Qualitative case analysis II||Qualitative case analysis II|
|Class 5||Reexamining the contemporary social science framework Synergy of qualitative and quantitative methods||Reexamining the contemporary social science framework; Synergy of qualitative and quantitative methods|
|Class 6||Guest Lecture: Risk and Crisis analysis （TBA)||Guest Lecture: Risk and Crisis analysis （TBA)|
|Class 7||Summary and discussion||Oral presentation of group works, Summary and discussion|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
* 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)
Supplementary articles and book chapters may be included as hand-outs
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%