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 ideas, culminating in a completed version of a thesis proposal. The main task is to develop an independent research project in collaboration with thesis supervisors and peers, by demonstrating how one’s research is 1) situated in theories of globalization and development; 2) is directed by clearly formulated and answerable research questions; 3) identifies a methodological framework. Most importantly, every student participates in providing feedback to peers on their proposals and receiving feedback themselves in order to improve their work and learn through collaboration.
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, and - GDS4002; also either - GDS4003 or - GDS4004