Module Details

GV914-7-FY-CO: Research Design

Year: 2016/17
Department: Government
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Staff
Supervisor: Dr Anna Getmansky
Teaching Staff: Dr Anna Getmansky
Contact details: Dr Getmansky anna.getmansky@essex.ac.uk or Graduate Administrator: Alex West, awestb@essex.ac.uk

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module consists of two parts: (1) introduction to the principles of scientific method in social sciences and politics; and (2) discussion of specific research designs for causal identification and their applications in the study of politics. In addition to these topics, each student will develop, present, and write a research paper that can be also used for their M.A. or Ph.D. Dissertation.
Class will meet once a week for 2 hours (120 min) during the Autumn and the Spring terms.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Class will meet once a week for 2 hours (120 min) during the Autumn and the Spring terms.
This module consists of two parts: (1) introduction to the principles of scientific method in social sciences and politics; and (2) discussion of specific research designs for causal identification and their applications in the study of politics. In addition to these topics, each student will develop, present, and write a research paper that can be also used for their M.A. or Ph.D. Dissertation.

Assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark

Coursework

Two draft papers (25% each), 2 paper presentations (10% each) Final paper 25% Participation 5%

Bibliography

  • Angrist, Joshua and Jorn-Steffen Pischke (hereafter Angrist and Pischke). 2009. Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist's Companion. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Box-Steffensmeier, Janet, Henry Brady, and David Collier (eds) (hereafter Box-Steffensmeier, Brady, and Collier). 2010. The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology. Oxford University Press.
  • Hancké, Bob (hereafter Hancké). 2009. Intelligent Research Design: A Guide for Beginning Researchers in the Social Sciences. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • King, Gary, Robert Keohane, and Sidney Verba (hereafter KKV). 1994. Designing Social Inquiry. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Morton, Rebecca, and Kenneth C. Williams (hereafter Morton and Williams). 2010. Experimental Political Science and the Study of Causality: From Nature to the Lab. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.

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