Student research - Political Science - Part I

Course Code :1700PSWLP1
Study domain:Statistics
Academic year:2017-2018
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)Peter Van Aelst
Karel Neels
Koen Verhoest
Brecht Volders
Maarten Van Alstein
Jan Boon
Julie Sevenans
Elke Claessens
Bjorn Kleizen

3. Course contents *

Leeronderzoek is a practical course in which students carry out political research. The precise research project varies but the full research cycle, fromtheory construction to reporting, is treated.

During Leeronderzoek I the following phases are usually conducted: 

  • Theoretical elaboration of the research domain and the question of the research (including literature);
  • Instrument selection and construction. In consultation with the supervisor, the students design the necessary tools for the study. This may include the preparation of questionnaires, but also the use of other data collection techniques;
  • Data collection. Students  send out questionnaires, do interviews, code data ....