Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2083: The Research Toolkit for Politics and International Relations

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

(Part 1)

Methods in context: concepts and indicators

How to write a research proposal: research questions, literature review, theory development and hypothesis generation, data collection, analysis

Conducting ethnographic research (participant observation)

Using qualitative methods (interviews and focus groups)

Pragmatism in research practice (grounded theory)

Methods for political theory

Discourse analysis

Questionnaire design

Inputting data into SPSS, descriptive statistics into SPSS

The logic of political surveys: sampling, causality, hypothesis testing

Experimental design and search for quasi-experiments

Mixed methods

(Part 2)

The ‘Great Debates’ of International Relations

Philosophy of Social Science: Ontologies, Epistemologies and Methodologies

Pluralist causality in International Relations research

Feminist Methods in war and militarisation

Archival Research, Genealogy and Problematisation in security policy

Narrative representation in conflict areas

Materialism in diplomacy

Critical game theory and quantitative methods in foreign policy

Student research conference

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities2222 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity2020 x 1 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study76Reading assignments and preparing responses for seminar questions
Guided Independent Study76Research and preparation of data analysis
Guided Independent Study20Research and composition of Research Proposal Plan
Guided Independent Study80Research and composition of essay
Guided Independent Study6Composition of peer reviews

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).