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Code POLS 529
Term 201701
Title Methods and Scope of Political AnalysisThis course
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Political Science(POLS)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Mert Moral mmoral@sabanciuniv.edu,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
Master
Type of Course Click here to view.
Prerequisites
(only for SU students)
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Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Seminar,Laboratory
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Discussion based learning,Project based learning
Content

Objective

There are many methods to obtain scientific knowledge about distinct social and political phenomena that we are interested in explaining. The aim of this course is not to provide you with a survey of all such tools at political scientists' disposal, but with the necessary knowledge and most basic skills to understand, evaluate, and conduct political science research. Being introduced to quantitative reasoning and methodology will help you develop the required skillset to critically and constructively evaluate other scholarly research as well as a sense of what your future research, including but not limited to your MA thesis/PhD dissertation, should look like.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Critically and constructively evaluate scholarly research.
2. Synthesize evidence from multiple methods of research to back up an theoretical argument
3. Develop a sense of what their MA thesis/PhD dissertation will resemble.

Programme Outcomes
 
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications 5
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas. 5
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach. 5
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject. 5
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 5
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 4
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently. 4
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals. 5
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving. 3
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. 5
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary. 3
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field. 5
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level. 5
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements. 3
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 5
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values. 3
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 4
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 4
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments. 2
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 5
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 3
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Design and model engineering systems and processes and solve engineering problems with an innovative approach. 1
2 Establish experimental setups, conduct experiments and/or simulations. 4
3 Analytically acquire and interpret data. 4
Political Science (with thesis) Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Begin to grasp historical evolution and contemporary character of world politics. 4
Conflict Analysis and Resolution (with thesis) Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Analyze current and persistent conflict situations with an emphasis on perceptual and cultural aspects of social conflicts. 2
2 Conduct research in sources of conflicts and possible conflict resolution methods such as negotiation, third-party intervention, cooperative decision making, peace building, track-two and citizens? diplomacy applied to various social contexts. 4
3 Design and implement conflict resolution process to policy issues related to disputes in or among identity groups, governments, organizations, civil society or corporations. 1
4 Develop and sustain arguments in a variety of forms, formulating appropriate questions and utilizing evidence. 5
European Studies (with thesis) Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Analyze historical and contemporary developments in Europe, specifically of the European integration process, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. 4
2 Grasp the main dynamics of the European order, politically, historically and economically. 1
3 Explain the European integration process and the EU?s decision-making procedures and it?s institutions. 4
Industrial Engineering (with thesis) Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Establish a strong theoretical background in several of a broad range of subjects related to the discipline, such as manufacturing processes, service systems design and operation, production planning and control, modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 1
2 Develop novel modeling and / or analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy, also using an interdisciplinary approach whenever appropriate. 1
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 1
4 Acquire skills to independently explore and tackle problems related to the discipline that were not encountered previously. Develop appropriate modeling, solution, implementation strategies, and assess the quality of the outcome. 1
Computer Science and Engineering (with thesis) Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in computer science and engineering related problems. 1
2 Display knowledge of contemporary issues in computer science and engineering and apply to a particular problem. 1
3 Demonstrate the use of results from interpreted data to improve the quality of research or a product in computer science and engineering. 1
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Assignment 30
Participation 10
Individual Project 20
Presentation 10
Recommended or Required Reading
Textbook

- Acock, Alan C. 2014. A Gentle Introduction to Stata. 4th Edition. College Station, TX:
Stata Press.
- Kellstedt, Paul M. and Guy D. Whitten. 2013. The Fundamentals of Political Science Research. 2nd Edition. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- King, Gary, Robert O. Keohane, and Sidney Verba. 1994. Designing Social Inquiry. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- Wooldridge, Jeffrey M. Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach. 5th Edition. Mason, OH: South-Western, Cengage Learning.

Readings

A selection of articles and book chapters.