Research and Study Skills: Working with Research Problems
Full course description
During the ﬁrst period course Research and Writing in European Studies you took your ﬁrst tentative steps into the world of academic research. In this course, Working with Research Problems, we go one step further by introducing you to what is important in formulating a research problem, consisting of a suitable research topic in the interdisciplinary ﬁeld of European Studies, a good research question, and the relevance of topic and question. You will also learn about theories, concepts and methodology in academic research and writing. This course not only builds on the period 1 skills course, but it also prepares you for the period 3 course, The Academic Workshop, when you write your ﬁrst academic paper.
At the end of this skills training course you will possess the skills to:
- Identify suitable research topics in the interdisciplinary field of European Studies;
- Draft appropriate and effective research questions;
- Persuade the reader of the relevance of a research topic and question;
- Find suitable sources and use them effectively and correctly;
- Make informed judgments and choices regarding research plan, based on your initial research;
- Build a balanced and convincing argument regarding your research plan.
Each assignment comes with one central preparatory text. In addition, you are expected to read:
- Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.C., & Williams, J.M. (2008). The craft of research. (3rd ed.). Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press.
- Wisker, G. (2019). The undergraduate research handbook. (2nd ed.). London: Red Globe Press