This course will introduce the students to the main steps of research design in social sciences, from the formulation of the research question until case selection and choice of methods. It explores how to identify the empirical phenomenon of interest, how to do a systematic literature, what makes for a good research question, how to elaborate testable hypotheses and advance theory, and ways to justify the choice of cases and methods.
Please see the download for a more detailed course plan and readings.
About the lecturer
After studying for a bachelor's degree at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal, Edalina Rodrigues Sanches gained a Master in Comparative Politics and PhD in Political Science from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she then taught for several years.
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.