Research Skills: Developing Your Own Research Design
Full course description
In this skills course the main aim is not to analyse other scholars’ work and identify how they conducted their research, but to develop your own research design. The design we want you to develop is linked to the content course you are currently taking: International Relations or Placing Europe. In the research design you develop, you will particularly concentrate on the crucial steps that are relevant for the most commonly used types of research in the field of European Studies, be it historical, political, economic or sociological in nature: how to develop a good research question, how to identify the relevant theoretical or conceptual approach to help answer that question, and how to operationalize your approach.
At the end of this skills course you will have learned to:
· understand the differences between different types of research questions and formulate a relevant research question for the broader research puzzle at hand;
· select a relevant theoretical or conceptual framework related to the research question;
· apply your theoretical or conceptual framework (operationalization);
· explain and justify the various choices you make in the research design.
Menken, S. and M. Keestra (eds.) (2016) An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research. Theory and Practice, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [available as e-book]
Toshkov, D. (2016) Research Design in Political Science, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
- G.A.M. Groen