24-206.12 Interpretive Research Methods in International Relations [IB-Theorie]

Veranstaltungsdetails

Lehrende: Dr. Maren Hofius; Dr. Philip Robert Liste

Veranstaltungsart: Seminar

Anzeige im Stundenplan: IPT1: Interpretative

Semesterwochenstunden: 2

Credits: 6,0

Unterrichtssprache: Englisch

Min. | Max. Teilnehmerzahl: 10 | 20

Weitere Informationen:
Verwendbar in folgenden Studiengängen bzw. Modulen:
- M.A. Politikwissenschaft (FSB ab WiSe 2014/15): Modul Internationale Politische Theorie (IPT 1)
- M.A. Politikwissenschaft (FSB WiSe 2013/14): Profilmodul
- Masterstudiengänge der Fakultät WiSo: Wahlbereich

Kommentare/ Inhalte:
Taking language seriously and appreciating the centrality of meaning in the social construction of reality – that is the proposition of this course which seeks to familiarise students with qualitative social science research in light of the so-called ‘interpretive turn’. It refreshes students’ knowledge of the generic terminology and provides an overview of some of the most pertinent qualitative methods used in the discipline of International Relations (IR) to analyse textual as well as visual data. The ultimate aim is to provide students with a hands-on research experience, that is, to equip them with a methodological toolkit which enables them to design and conduct their own research project in the study of world politics.

The course is organised in three phases. During the first phase students enquire into the basic building blocks underpinning qualitative research. Here, they specifically learn about the ontological and epistemological presuppositions of interpretive and relational approaches in IR, with special emphasis on post-positivist and constructivist scholarship that functions as the background knowledge against which subsequent research is undertaken. In a second phase students are introduced to a range of research strategies and methods as to learn how to approach a research problem, formulate a research question and access sources of data. Building on the previous two phases, the third and final phase allows students to develop their own research project, apply one of the methods learnt to a specific research object and evaluate their research findings. To this end, students are given the time to analyse their data by way of independent study and team work outside the classroom. The semester ends with team presentations of the research findings in class.

Lernziel:


  • Profound knowledge of epistemological presuppositions and ontological assumptions underlying interpretive philosophies
  • Advanced understanding and knowledge of the relevance of post-positivist and constructivist theory for a given set of methodologies and methods used in the discipline of IR to study specific social phenomena
  • Ability to critically read and evaluate scholarship from a range of methodological approaches
  • Ability to apply theoretical and methodological approaches to a concrete research problem in the context of team work over the course of the semester, leading to a (jointly produced) detailed outline of a research proposal

Vorgehen:
The course consists of two session formats. While early semester sessions primarily comprise literature-based discussions in class, later sessions open up the space for students to work in teams as to develop their own research project. The latter is based on identifying a suitable case study, a research question, the collection of data sources, and the subsequent analysis thereof with one of the methods introduced in class. It is required you come to class prepared to discuss the readings and be able to present central questions on the texts the class should address. The course outline, handed out during our first session, will provide a plan on the weekly sessions detailing each session’s setup.

Literatur:


  • Della Porta, D., & Keating, M. (Eds.) (2008). Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences: A pluralist perspective. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hansen, L. (2006). Security as practice: Discourse analysis and the Bosnian war. London, New York: Routledge.
  • Klotz, A., & Lynch, C. (Eds.). (2007). Strategies for research in constructivist international relations. Armonk, NY: Sharpe.
  • Lynch, C. (2014). Interpreting international politics. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Marsh, D., & Stoker, G. (Eds.) (2010). Theory and Methods in Political Science. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rose, G. (2012). Visual methodologies: An introduction to researching with visual materials (3rd ed.). London, Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
  • Yanow, D., & Schwartz-Shea, P. (2006). Interpretation and method: Empirical research methods and the interpretive turn. Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe.
  • Yanow, D., & Schwartz-Shea, P. (2012). Interpretive Approaches to Research Design: Concepts and Processes. New York: Routledge.

Zusätzliche Hinweise zu Prüfungen:
Leistungsanforderungen:
- FSB WiSe 14/15 (Masterzulassung 2014), Modul Politik und Herrschaft im modernen Weltsystem (PH): Studienleistungen (siehe A) und ggf. Hausarbeit (siehe B)
- FSB WiSe 13/14 (Masterzulassung 2013), Profilmodul: Studienleistungen (siehe A) und Hausarbeit (siehe B)
- Wahlbereich: Studienleistungen (siehe A)


A) Studienleistungen (unbenotet):
Beteiligung an einer Team-Präsentation; Dokumentation und Reflexion der individuellen Lernanstrengungen.

B) Modulteilprüfung FSB WiSe 13/14 und WiSe 14/15:
Prüfungsart: Projektarbeit (individuell oder im Team produzierte schriftliche Ausarbeitung des Forschungsvorhabens)
Bewertungsschema: benotet (RPO)
Umfang: 12-15 Seiten/Studierende/r
1. Abgabetermin: 22.02.2016
2. Abgabetermin: 21.03.2015
Abgabeort: Studienbüro Sozialwissenschaften

Ausgabeort der bewerteten Prüfungsleistungen: bitte bei den Lehrenden erfragen.

Termine
Datum Von Bis Raum Lehrende
1 Do, 15. Okt. 2015 16:15 17:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Maren Hofius
2 Do, 22. Okt. 2015 16:15 17:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Maren Hofius
3 Do, 29. Okt. 2015 16:15 17:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Maren Hofius
4 Do, 5. Nov. 2015 16:15 17:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Maren Hofius
5 Do, 12. Nov. 2015 16:15 17:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Maren Hofius
6 Do, 19. Nov. 2015 16:15 17:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Maren Hofius
7 Do, 26. Nov. 2015 16:15 19:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Maren Hofius
8 Do, 3. Dez. 2015 16:15 19:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Philip Robert Liste
9 Do, 10. Dez. 2015 16:15 19:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Philip Robert Liste
10 Do, 17. Dez. 2015 16:15 19:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Philip Robert Liste
11 Do, 7. Jan. 2016 16:15 19:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Philip Robert Liste
12 Do, 14. Jan. 2016 16:15 19:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Philip Robert Liste
13 Do, 28. Jan. 2016 16:15 19:45 AP 1, 109 Dr. Philip Robert Liste
Prüfungen im Rahmen von Modulen
Modul (Startsemester)/ Kurs Prüfung Datum Lehrende Bestehens­pflicht
24-206-IPT1-IPT Internationale Politische Theorie (IPT 1 - IPT) (WiSe 14/15) / 24-206.12  Interpretive Research Methods in International Relations [IB-Theorie] 3  Studienleistung Fr, 29. Jan. 2016, 00:00 - 24:00 Dr. Maren Hofius; Dr. Philip Robert Liste Ja
3  Studienleistung Fr, 29. Jan. 2016, 00:00 - 24:00 Dr. Maren Hofius; Dr. Philip Robert Liste Ja
Veranstaltungseigene Prüfungen
Beschreibung Datum Lehrende Pflicht
1. Hausarbeit Mo, 21. Mär. 2016 00:00-24:00 N.N. Ja
2. Studienleistung (Wahlbereich) Fr, 29. Jan. 2016 00:00-24:00 N.N. Ja
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Lehrende
Dr. Maren Hofius
Dr. Philip Robert Liste