This short course will cover key aspects of research design and methods in political science. We will focus on concrete issues of conducting research: picking a topic, generating hypotheses, describing and measuring concepts, selecting the appropriate research method, and collecting data. It is highly recommended to read the assigned readings ahead of the course and prepare for short in-class exercises (see session 4, 7 and 8). All readings will be distributed in electronic format a week prior to class. Students are welcome to bring in questions in addition to the outlined class topics!
Please see the download for a more detailed outline of the sessions and assignments.
About the lecturer
After studying for a bachelor's degree at the University of Rostock, Germany, Melanie Kolbe gained a Master and PhD in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia, USA, where she then taught for several years. Melanie Kolbe specialises particularly in immigration and migration law and policy, refugees and diasporas, civil societies and social movements.
Please note that other external participants than the one mentioned in the target group above are asked to pay a small course fee. For inquiries please contact the GIGA DP Student Assistant