Research in Practice
Full course description
This seminar will prepare students for their exam option (Fieldwork, Internship, or Desk Study) through intensive individual research for and peer-group review on their thesis proposals. Numerous research traditions and trajectories are relevant to the field of globalization and development and a variety of methodological approaches are possible for thesis research. In this course, students prepare for their internship, desk study or fieldwork by developing their independent research project in collaboration with their thesis supervisors and their peers, including: situating themselves in theories of globalization and development; formulating research questions; choosing a methodological framework; and acquiring and providing feedback to peers in order to improve their projects.
After completion of this course, students are able to:
- Independently identify gaps in knowledge of issues related to Globalization and Development and formulate a research question in the area.
- Formulate a relevant theoretical framework for their research.
- Choose an appropriate methodology and design quantitative and/or qualitative analytical tools to answer research questions.
- Critically reflect upon the relations between the theoretical framework, methodology, and empirical findings.
- Make substantive choices regarding research questions and approach, taking into account societal circumstances.
- Ethically reflect on their research and knowledge production, and have developed a responsible attitude towards application of knowledge.
- Communicate a research design through a proposal in oral and written versions
The courses: - GDS4000, - GDS4001, - GDS4002, - GDS4003 or - GDS4004