Research Methods: Advanced Document Analysis
Full course description
Offered in a course period when students prepare their BA thesis in particular, this skills course aims to improve the students’ ability to make good use of primary sources in their own research. Not only will this course focus on issues related to the selection and analysis of primary sources, it will also train the students how to fuse knowledge gained from such sources with information found in secondary, academic work. Thus, it will help them to reflect critically upon the manner in which arguments are construed in academic debates. In this respect, this course builds on previous courses (amongst which, Back to the Sources) offered so far in the curriculum as much as it aims to provide the students with the expertise necessary to make efficient and effective use of primary sources in their BA thesis. The course will offer an introduction to political discourse analysis and include an assignment on newspaper research.
At the end of this course, students will be able to use and analyze documents in an individual research paper.
Material to be provided during the course.