Review of the approaches to posing and answering research questions in the disciplines affiliated with international studies. Explores epistemological approaches and associated methodologies to prepare students to effectively read across the literature of international studies, develop their own research design based on a research question, and write a research proposal. Offered: Sp.
What are the leading recent works in political economy? What methodological approaches and theories are most useful for conducting comparative reserach in this area? How do specialists turn topics of general interest into a set of clear problems that can be answered?
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Students will read about eight books and discuss them during the seminar. The discussion each week will be led by particular students, but all will be responsible for participating. Students will write tree essays of about 10 to 15 pages about the books and discussions.
Read all the assigned books on time and be prepared to discuss them in class. Think hard about the relevance of these readings to your own work. Use this as an opportunity to formulate the probelm you will examine for your part in the SIS Graduate Task Force (SIS 512) in Spring. (SIS 512 will be taught by Professor T.J. Pempel.)
Class assignments and grading
Reading, discussion, writing three essays, and finally, formulating the problem you will seek to answer for the Spring Task Force.
The quality of discussion and of the writing.