MINT160 | Spring | 6 ECTS

Social Inquiry and Qualitative Methods for International Affairs and Development

This course seeks to provide students with the concepts, techniques and practical skills to undertake original research for their MIA and MDEV theses. It will begin by critically asking what it means to undertake (inter- or cross-) disciplinary research 'on', 'in', and/or 'for' international affairs and development. The course will then focus on the design of qualitative studies, emphasising in particular the practical skills of data collection (document analysis, interview techniques, observation) and analysis (coding). Offering a comparative perspective on social inquiry across a number of relevant social-scientific disciplines and in relation to quantitative approaches, the course will discuss effective writing and presentation skills, evaluations and assessments in practitioner circles, research ethics, and the relationship between the social sciences and public life.