Research Design Seminar
Given the increasingly inter-connected and complex world we live in, most policy challenges can no longer be sufficiently addressed through a narrow, singular disciplinary lens. This course, primarily aimed at doctoral-level research students, adopts an inter-disciplinary perspective. The focus is not on description or narrative but rather to demonstrate to students how different disciplines identify research questions/shape hypotheses/and deploy appropriate research methods to answering those questions. It will also introduce students to the skills required in academic thesis writing at the doctoral level. A series of case study examples will be used to generate research questions and methods. For instance, how might economists and political scientists/IR address the issue of inequality, promoting economic growth, and global redistributive justice in developing countries? What theories and methods exist in each discipline? How differently do they frame research questions? What key skills are required for successful academic thesis writing?