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Research Seminar in International Development


Credits: 4 ECTS

Second semester

Compulsory courses




This course will equip students with the necessary methodological tools to move from consumers to being producers of research in international development. In doing so, it also provides students with a platform for advancing their final research project. The course builds and expands on the introductory Research Methods (first semester) and addresses issues of research design that confront both quantitative and qualitative research alike. Specifically, we will discuss what makes for a good research proposal and, based on that, explore how to come up with exciting (but doable) research questions, how to translate concepts and theories into empirical research, how to select cases, and how to make causal inferences. Moreover, students will have the chance to acquaint themselves with different qualitative research approaches (e.g., QCA, case studies, comparative-historical analysis) and data-collection techniques (e.g., interviewing, document analysis, visual research). In tackling these issues the course combines readings on methodology with recent works on international development that illustrate how (not) to do methodologically sound research.


Evaluation details:

  • Class participation: 15%
  • Research evaluation (group work): 25%
  • Final research proposal: 50%
  • Comments for other student project: 10%

Competences, learning outcomes and teaching activities (PDF)