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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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RES007 International Relations Methods II 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Russian and European Studies
International Relations
Person in charge
Professor/International Relations
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Management
Curricula 2015 – 2017


Strategic themes: Internationalisation, Responsible conduct of research

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course students are able to

•apply a specific method in analyzing international relations in an appropriately advanced manner

•write about the chosen research method in clear and concise manner

•critically reflect on their research projects and identify ethical issues in them


During this course students write and present an essay comparing and discussing two research methods and the importance of the choice of method. The topic of the essay is chosen by the students in close consultation with their supervisor and the group meets regularly for essay writing sessions during the period that the course is offered.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
Option 2
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
In English


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Sage Research Methods online: http://www.nelliportaali.fi/V/FI866BQMI4EIX42RR4GDF1QPKNLQM28IQ2MEQQ3P2PG2M4KGUB-24450?func=native-link&resource=FIN34708 

Case study methods 
George and Bennett, Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences. MIT Press 2005. 

Discourse analysis 

Fairclough, Analyzing Discourse: Textual analysis for Social Research. Taylor & Francis 2003.  


Atkinson et. al. (ed.),Handbook of Ethnography. SAGE 2001.  

Experience-focused methods 

Sylvester (ed.), Experiencing War. Routledge 2010.  

Feminist methods 

Hesse-BiberLeavy(ed.), Feminist Research Practice. SAGE 2007.  

Historical method 

Trachtenberg, The Craft of International History: A Guide to Method. Princeton University Press 2008.  

Interview methods 

Mosley (ed), Interview Research in Political Science. Cornell University Press 2013 

Czarniawska, Narratives in Social Science Research. Sage 2004.  

Kinget al.., Designing Social Inquiry. Princeton University Press 1994. 

Postmodern qualitative research 
DenzinLincoln,The Qualitative Inquiry Reader. SAGE 2002.  

Quantitative method and modelling 
Sprinz - Wollinsky, Models, Numbers, and Cases: Methods for Studying International Relations. University of Michigan Press 2004. 

Queer methods 
Browne – Nash (ed.), Queer methods and methodologies: intersecting queer theories and social science research. Ashgate 2010. 

Perelman, The Realm of Rhetoric. University of Notre Dame 1982.  

Chandler, Semiotics: The Basics. Routledge 2007.  

Tetlock – Ned Lebow – Parker (eds), Unmaking the West: “What if?” Scenarios That Rewrite World History. University of Michigan Press 2006. 

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Faculty of Management
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