An examination of the contested nature of the political and key methodological approaches to the study of politics both theoretically and in practice.
This paper examines the contested nature of what constitutes politics and the ways to conduct research. It explores key methodological approaches to the study of politics, including positivism, rational choice theory, intersubjectivity, discourse analysis and interpretivism and examines the advantages and disadvantages of quantitative versus qualitative research methods.
|Paper title||The 'Political': Theory and Practice|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,646.75|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,250.00|
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- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Politics website
- Teaching staff
- Dr James Headley
- The required readings will be available on E-Reserve on Blackboard.
- Paper Structure
- Week 1: Introduction to 'The Political'
- Week 2: The Political - the state, the nation and culture
- Week 3: The Political - gender, race and class
- Week 4: Positivism, Facts and Falsification
- Week 5: Critical Methodology
- Week 6: Intersubjectivity and Feminist Methodology
- Week 7: Identity and Discourse Analysis
- Week 8: Session 1 - Intercultural Analysis and Hermeneutics - Hans-Georg
Session 2 - Conclusions: The Hermeneutic and the Empirical - Paul Riceour
- Week 9: Sessions 1 and 2 - Student Conference: Presentations on Essay Topics
- Week 10: Session 1 - How to choose a case study and/or case studies
Session 2 - Document Research
- Week 11: Session 1 - Qualitative Research: the pitfalls
and use of quantitative surveys
Session 2 - Political Experiments
12: Session 1 - Qualitative Research: How to do interviews
Session 2 - Conducting Interviews and Cultural Issues
- Week 13: Session 1 - Qualitative Research:
How to conduct focus groups
Session 2 - Practice Focus Groups
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information
literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of key methodological approaches to the study of politics and the contested nature of what constitutes the political;
- Have the capacity to undertake independent research and identify relevant research sources;
- Have the ability to apply ideas and methods to new situations in written analysis and in practice.