14335.0405 23S 2SH PT Research Designs and Case Studies in Comparative Political Economy   Hilfe Logo

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Research Designs and Case Studies in Comparative Political Economy 
Summer semester 2023
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Political Science
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Prüfungsart Äquiv. Vorauss.
laufend 2022/23
Doctoral studies
64 D57 Research in Management, Economics and Social Sciences - Social Sciences (HG-NRW)
Master's programme
88 275 Political Science (HG-NRW)
auslaufend 2022/23
Master's programme
88 275 Political Science (HG-NRW)
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The course teaches good research designs for case studies and we discuss conceptions of causality and strategies of case selection. Case studies are used for theory building and theory tests (in the sense of plausibility probes). On the one hand, there are single case study methods such as analytic narrative and process tracing. On the other hand, case-oriented researchers apply comparative case study methods such as parallel demonstration of theory, the method of contrasting contexts and the methods of agreement and difference.
The course also introduces into these methods theoretically, methodologically and practically by prominent cases studies in the field of CPE. Students also have the possibility to present their own research designs (for example, first ideas on their Master Thesis). As the seminar’s overarching goal is to enable participants to write their term papers, regular attendance is of utmost importance for the quality of term papers. It is expected that in their term papers students develop a research design to address a particular research question (design for their planned MA-thesis or Ph.D. project or any other empirical research project). All texts are available on the ILIAS-website of the course.
Participants are expected to hand in a two-page outline of their planned term papers until June 23, 2023, 8am. This outline will be discussed in our mini-conference on research projects on June 30, 2023. To prepare your outlines and the mini-conference (in which we will discuss your own research projects) there will be individual office hours in mid-of-June.

Students are expected to: attend sessions regularly, actively contribute to class discussions, and complete assigned readings according to schedule: “compulsory reading” – all students read; “summary” – only reading by the respective presenter; write a term paper of not more than 10,000 words, own research on literature/data/material is required. All papers will be checked for plagiarism. Term papers have to be written in the English language. Since all reading assignments are in English, this will be the general classroom language as well. Participants therefore must know enough English to be able to participate actively. Perfection is not required –you just need to understand and make yourself understood.
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Final grading is based on individual summaries (which means a summary and review of the respective paper; see syllabus “summary” to be submitted until Friday, 8am before the respective session) and the term paper in which the participants develop a research design for an empirical research project. It is recommended that this research design refers to the planned MA-thesis or Ph.D. project (handed in on September 15, 2023, 8am.
Attention: 9 ECTS students (2015 examination regulation) are required to hand in as an additional assignment a short summary of one of the sessions until the end of May. It is the students’ choice which one they select. The summary of the session will NOT be graded; just summarize the main “take-aways”. The final marking is as follows: 30% individual summary; 70% term paper. You have to fulfill both assignments as a requirement.
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