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210009 PS BAK3: Introduction to Scientific Work (2020W)

(engl.)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

Die Lehrformate für das WS (digital, hybrid, vor Ort) befinden sich in Entwicklung. Die Lehrenden werden die geplante Organisationsform und Lehrmethodik auf ufind und Moodle bekannt geben. Aufgrund von Covid19 muss mit kurzfristigen Änderungen in Richtung digitaler Lehre gerechnet werden.

Nicht-prüfungsimmanente (n-pi) Lehrveranstaltung. Eine Anmeldung über u:space ist erforderlich. Mit der Anmeldung werden Sie automatisch für die entsprechende Moodle-Plattform freigeschaltet. Vorlesungen unterliegen keinen Zugangsbeschränkungen.

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Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).

Details

max. 45 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note any changes in the dates that may arise due to teaching and research visits by the course instructor. These will be announced on moodle if necessary.

Friday 09.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 16.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 23.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 30.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 06.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 13.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 20.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 27.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 04.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 11.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 18.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 08.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 15.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 22.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Friday 29.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Hörsaal 3 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The course introduces students to the principles and research processes of scientific work in political science. Students will have to complete regular assignments on specific topics, which will be discussed in class and used as building blocks for their final essay. Students attending the course must have a good command of English, since all the lectures, seminar materials and assignments will be exclusively in English.

The broader aim is to equip students with the knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques in the field of social scientific work that are required for the studies of political science. This includes in particular the critical use of scientific argumentation, texts and text types as well as the ability to develop and find answers to scientific questions. The textual work, i.e. reading, appropriating, processing, interpreting, discussing and drafting texts, is a key part of social scientific work. Therefore, it is aimed to improve the reading and analytical skills to deal with complex matters of political theory and applied research through joint discussions of texts on various political science topics, but also transdisciplinary themes.

Fundamental scientific techniques – quoting, paraphrasing, structuring and writing – are taught and applied by means of selected texts. Particular attention will be given to addressing the issue of plagiarism. Likewise, students will be familiarized with basic strategies and techniques of social science literature review. They will also be introduced to scientific methods (qualitative, quantitative, comparative and case study research, triangulation) and to “soft skills” (understanding of the scope and limits of knowledge – validity and reliability issues, self-organization, workflow creation, teamwork and communication skills, presentation skills) as well as to the use of web-based e-learning platforms.

Moreover, a particular focus will be on the preparation of the final research essay. This will be done by following a typical research workflow starting from information gathering, formulating a research question, drafting and presenting the outline (exposé), to developing and completing the final research essay that complies with all formal scientific requirements.

The thematic guide for this seminar will include concepts, theories, methods and current issues in the fields of democracy, the state, authority, power and power relations, identity, peace and conflict studies, civil society and social change.

UPDATE !!! The course format and teaching method are related to the developments and possibilities within Covid-19. Due to existing restrictions, the course will - until further notice - mainly be held online via video conference (Collaborate or BigBlueButton) and Moodle E-Learning (discussion forums, chats, tasks etc.). The first course unit for discussion of organizational issues and requirements and of the concrete course schedule (especially the further attendance units) will take place in the classroom in a face-to-face manner with all participants. This also applies to course unit 4 on 30/10, which will also take place in the classroom (see Schedule below). Please note the special regulations available here: https://studieren.univie.ac.at/en/studying-exams/studying-on-site/.
You will also receive an e-mail in the first week of October with more detailed information about the procedure of the first classroom unit.

Assessment and permitted materials

Performance Requirements:
- Attendance and Participation
- Homework assignments
- Final Essay, based on a research outline

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For a positive grade, at least half of the maximum possible points must be achieved in all areas (see 'Performance Requirements').

Grading (points): 1: 100-89, 2: 88-75; 3: 74-65, 4: 64-50; 5: 49-0.

Examination topics

s. Performance Requirements

Reading list

Relevant course material (basic information, learning materials for scientific work, homework assignments, announcements as well as a selection of literature of scientific texts for topical (online and classroom) discussions and other materials) will be made available in due course on the Moodle course site!

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 17:09