MAN-MPOL013A
Advanced Research Methods
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-MPOL013A
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Political Science;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. E.J. van Elsas
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Examiner
dr. E.J. van Elsas
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Contactperson for the course
dr. E.J. van Elsas
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Lecturer
dr. E.J. van Elsas
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Lecturer
J.M. van Lit, MSc
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Academic year2023
Period
2  (06/11/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
2
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
After completing the course Advanced Research Methods the student is able to:
  • Critically reflect on the methodological choices inherent in political science research;
  • Choose appropriate research methods for the analysis of political processes or phenomena;
  • Justify their own methodological choices in a research design;
  • Choose and justify an appropriate research design for their Master's thesis.
     
Content
The goal of the course is to equip students with the tools necessary to construct methodologically sound research designs in political science and know how to critically judge the quality of the methods/ analyses in articles, research papers and policy briefs. ARM is meant to trigger students to think about casual mechanisms and to critically reflect on the extent to which any given method can help us understand more about how X leads to Y. In addition, it is meant to guide students towards the best fitting research method for their research design in preparation of their master’s thesis. The course will give an overview of the most commonly used advanced research methods in political sciences, as well as upcoming methods that are of increasing importance in the field. Over the course of eight weeks, with the use of several concrete examples, students will learn the basic principles behind each method; the strengths and limitations of the method; the basic conditions before one can apply it and alternatives in case the best fit is not an option (data limitations).
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
Undergraduate courses in statistics and qualitative research methods.
Test information
Written exam. Results (grades/assignments) from previous years are not retained.
Specifics

Level
Ma 1

Instructional modes
Lecture

Remark
no weblectures

Tests
Exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock 2, Block 3

Remark
partial results from previous years are not valid