Political Science Methodology

Master course. 15 credits. Political Science. Autumn term.

STVN14 – Political Science Methodology (15 credits)

The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the diverse research methods used in political science, and to convey the necessary skills required for their application. Through lectures, seminars and practical workshops, the course will provide students with relevant knowledge of major research methods, their respective uses and usefulness, and their relevance for the study of contemporary research problems in the discipline. 

The course begins with an introduction to research design, encompassing both qualitative and quantitative research methods and their uses, seen in relation to the question of validity. Students will be required to study a political science problem assigned to them, applying their knowledge and skills to this problem throughout the course.

Techniques for data collection and analyses of interviews, questionnaires, observation, and database material will be taught in workshops.

Development of the skills required for both written and oral dissemination of results is also a key feature of the course.