Research methods in Globalisation and Development
Full course description
This course introduces students to research methods most relevant for theoretical and empirical research in the field of globalization and development (for desk study, internship or fieldwork, respectively). The course oﬀers general training for designing and conducting research using qualitative and quantitative tools designed to initiate students who may not have been previously trained in methods and revive prior knowledge of students who have. Students will also be acquainted with mixed methods approaches that integrate the two research traditions (qualitative and quantitative). In the process of designing research, students will reflect on the challenges that are specific for the field of globalisation and development, such as data scarcity, working in cross-cultural settings, measuring poverty and inequality and working across multiple sites.
After completion of this course, students are able to:
- distinguish the epistemological foundations of the qualitative and quantitative research methods applied in the field of GDS
- formulate research question(s) particular to the field of G&D
- choose research objectives and approach in relation to societal circumstances and academic relevance
- formulate a research methodology based on the research question and the available data
- critically assess and reflect on research design
- interpret findings in a systematic way
- report concisely and accountably on the research process.
Enrollment in MA GDS