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Research Methods in International Relations

Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
IRDU0079 Research Methods in International Relations 2/0/0 EL English 2
Course Goals
  This class is intended to introduce students to the basic steps involved in developing research design and writing research papers. Strong emphasis will be placed on the concrete issues of conducting research: selecting a question, finding and evaluating sources, using appropriate citation forms, building an argument supported by evidence, and writing up a research paper. Upon completion of this course, students will be better equipped to prepare a research paper in academic standards.
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Special Requisite(s) The minimum qualifications that are expected from the students who want to attend the course.(Examples: Foreign language level, attendance, known theoretical pre-qualifications, etc.)
Instructor(s) Assist. Prof. Dr. Nazlı Çağın Bilgili
Course Assistant(s)
Schedule Wednesday, 09:00-10:45; Z-03 Basın Ekspres Campus
Office Hour(s) Friday; 11:00-12:00; K6-04; Basın Ekspres Campus B Block
Teaching Methods and Techniques -Lecturing


Principle Sources Lisa A. Baglione, Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods, 2016: Sage. 

Paul D. Leedy and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod, Practical Research: Planning and Design, 2013: Pearson.
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Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Introduction to the course Lecture
2. Week The nature and tools of research Lecture
3. Week Finding a research question Lecture
4. Week Student presentations on their research questions and their significance Presentations
5. Week Student presentations on their research questions and their significance Presentations
6. Week Literature Review: What is it and how it should be done? Lecture
7. Week Practice to get access to library, online academic sources and databases Lecture and practice on the computer
8. Week Midterm week
9. Week Midterm week
10. Week The significance of preparing an acceptable bibliography Lecture
11. Week Alternative citation forms –MLA, APA etc. Lecture and practice on the computer
12. Week Distilling your argument Lecture
13. Week Writing a good introduction and conclusion Lecture
14. Week Overview and final questions about the research papers Lecture and Q&A
15. Week Final exam
16. Week Final exam
17. Week Final exam
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Homework / Term Projects / Presentations 3 55
Project(s) 1 45