Research Methodology of European Studies
Volledige vakbeschrijvingThis course introduces the different methodological traditions in the field of European Studies. We discuss the different approaches to scientific inference, especially from qualitative and quantitative perspectives. At the heart of the course is the discussion of the claim by King, Keohane and Verba (1994: 4) that ‘the differences between the quantitative and qualitative traditions are only stylistic and are methodologically and substantively unimportant.’ This claim is contested by, among others, Goertz and Mahony (2012) who argue that these different approaches actually constitute ‘two cultures’ within social science, ‘each internally coherent yet marked by contrasting norms, practices, and toolkits.’ We discuss different ideas about causal inference, research design and analytical approaches in light of broader debates about the fundamental and distinguishing features of ‘science’ as formulated by the major philosophical traditions and schools of thought. The course will prepare the ground for the subsequent methodological courses on qualitative and quantitate research methods.
Doelstellingen van dit vak• have a nuanced understanding of the origins, core aspects and consequences of different methodological traditions within European studies; • be able to discuss the differences between historical perspectives on philosophy of science; • apply these insights to case studies in the field of European studies that require an understanding of why and how knowledge claims are used to frame reality.
Aanbevolen literatuurIn this course we discuss selected parts of the following books, plus some additional readings that will be announced in the course syllabus: King, G., R. Keohane and S. Verba (1994). Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Goertz, G. and J. Mahony (2012). A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Popper, K.R. (1980). The Logic of Scientific Discovery. London: Hutchinson. Kuhn, T. (1962 ). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
1 sep 2020
23 okt 2020
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
- L. Russo
Trefwoorden:Research methods; philosophy of science; epistemology; ontology; qualitative; quantitative; interdisciplinarity.