Student research - Political Science - Part I

Course Code :1700PSWLP1
Study domain:Statistics
Academic year:2013-2014
Semester:1st semester
Sequentiality:Can only be followed if a credit has been obtained for Introduction to Political Science, Statistics I and II, Quantitative en Qualitative Research Methods
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:continuous assessment
Lecturer(s)Francis Van Loon
Wouter Van Dooren
Knut De Swert
Petra Meier
Koen Verhoest

3. Course contents



The student research is a practical course in which students learn to perform a scientific research within political sciences. The specific subject can vary but the complete research cycle is passed through: from the construction of a theoretical framework to the research report.

During the first phase students in most researches perform the following tasks:

Theoretical preparation: on the research subject and formulation of the research question. Students read the literature provided by the supervisor. Sometimes the supervisor gives additional lessons to prepare students on the research domain.

Construction of research instruments. Together with the supervisor, students design a research instrument. The research instrument can go from a classic survey questionnaire to the preparation of an in-depth qualitative interview or a coding scheme for a content analysis.

Data collection: Students collect the data for their research themselves: sending out questionnaires, performing telephone surveys or interviewing respondents.