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Kazimierz Poznanski
SIS 511
Seattle Campus

Research Design and Methods for International Studies

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.

Class description

This seminar introduces students to some of the most influential current books in international political economy. Students will read a group of about seven books and discuss them in the class. The goal is to dissect specific methodological approaches applied: puzzles, assumptions, testing. Particular focus is on the two traditions in social sciences, namely physicists and biological (or evolutionary). This seminar should provide a background for taking SIS 512.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The discussion of each book will be led by a student, with other students participating.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Each student is expected to write three essays of about 10-15 pages about the books and seminar discussions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/22/2003