This seminar series will be used as small group tutorials to provide M1 students with opportunities to discuss issues covered by lecture series, and to exchange views on what they have learned during the week. Additionally - depending on the participants' composition and disposition to talk -, students will be given 'cases' to discuss or topics to debate on. The purpose of the tutorials is to get students to talk. M2 students will be trained in research methods and thesis writing skills.
Introduction: how to conduct post-graduate research in development studies
Rules of academic writing
Identifying a research problem
Defining research questions
Carrying out a literature review
The role of theory in postgraduate research
Data analysis and interpretation
Students' work-in-progress seminars
i) Booth, W.C., et al. 1995. The Craft of Research. Chicago: The Univ. of Chicago Press.
ii) Laws, Sophie, et al. 2003. Research for Development. London: Sage Publications
iii) Wisker, G. 2001. The Postgraduate Research Handbook. New York: Palgrave Macmillan
iv) Gibaldi, J. 2003. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Sixth edition. New York: The Modern Language Association
Particiation in classroom discussions (50%) and presentation skills (50%)