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Research and Writing in Anti-Corruption

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dates

24 May

Duration

4 WEEKS

Fee

EUR 950

Language

English

Description

The overall purpose of this course is to guide you in preparing your own research projects and/or review other’s research projects. The sub courses are interactive workshops that consist of (virtual) meetings that will provide the necessary information and guidance for preparing and submitting your written projects (e.g., research works, assignments, Master’s Thesis).

During the course, students will learn how to think critically about theoretical problems in terms of empirical models; theory, hypothesis testing, addressing questions, data collection and analysis, presentation of a paper and writing an academic assignment. Special emphasis will be given on applying the acquired tools to a successful design and writing of a final project. Finally, this course is intended to give you an opportunity to develop your overall writing skills, also towards a thesis track in a master’s programme. 

Learning objectives

For the purpose of research and writing, the course will advance the knowledge on research methods and academic writing, focusing on the objectives of

  • how to develop, organize, write, and present an academic paper,
  • to provide you with useful tools for engaging in empirical research in different disciplines including quantitative, qualitative approaches as well as mixed methods approaches and,
  • to help you to understand the literature that uses a range of research methods

Structure and Workload

Workload: 8 - 9 hours per week

Learning Tools: The course is delivered online, and includes pre-recorded lectures, synchronous live lectures, self-assessments, individual assignment, and online discussions. It is adapted specifically for professionals in full-time work.

Approximately 5 hours recorded lecture

7 (90 minutes) live sessions

This course is for

Researchers and Students of Advanced Studies who want to learn about how to think critically about theoretical problems in terms of empirical models; theory, hypothesis testing, addressing questions, data collection and analysis, presentation of a paper and writing an academic assignment.

Certificate

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to all participants who successfully complete the course.

Curriculum

Session 1

General Introduction to Research and Writing

  • The Nature of Science
  • Definitions, terms, concepts 
  • How to think academically?
  • Overview of methodological approaches
  • Course structure overview and list of potential research topics in the fields. 

Session 2

Choosing a Relevant Research Problem and Literature Review

  • How can I find a research topic? How do I conduct a literature review? 
  • Reading Empirical Articles

Session 3

The Research Process and Types of Research Design

  • Research steps 
  • Variables, Hypotheses, Theories

Session 4

Overview of Relevant Research Methods (Advantages and Limitations)

  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches

Session 5

Quantitative Approaches

  • Statistical Analyses, e.g., Survey Research, Big Data

Session 6,7 & 8

Qualitative Approaches

  • Expert Interviews
  • Participant Observations
  • Process tracing
  • Case Study Analysis
  • Content Analysis
  • To do assignment: come up with exercise of one of the learned methods based on data or case study.
  • Experimental Approaches (e.g. Vignette experiments)
  • Network-Analysis
  • To do assignment: come up with exercise of one of the learned methods based on data or case study.

Session 9

Mixed Methods Approaches

  • Types of Methods Approaches
  • Benefits and Limitations
  • To do assignment: come up with exercise of one of the learned methods based on data or case study.

Session 10

Writing a Project Outline

  • What is academic writing? (purpose, types, skills)
  • Challenges and solutions

Session 11

How to Prepare and Conduct a Presentation

  • Do’s and Don’t

Session 12

Ethics and Politics in Social Research

  • (Ethical) challenges and solutions of doing research

Lecturer

Ina Kubbe

Dr. Ina Kubbe is a Post-Doctoral Fellow working at the School of Political Science, Government, and International Relations at Tel Aviv University, where she mainly researches and teaches on corruption, migration, gender politics and conflict resolution.  She is also a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network - a network of corruption researchers from different disciplinary, national and cultural backgrounds as well as of the new ECPR Standing Group on (Anti-) Corruption and Integrity. She obtained her Ph.D. in Germany, where she wrote her dissertation on "Is it all about profit? Corruption in European Comparative Perspective" discussing the causes of corruption across and within European countries from a quantitative point of view. The thesis especially highlights the relationship between corruption and democracy.

Ina has already published several articles, books, and special issues in the field, such as “Corruption and Informal Practices in the Middle East and North Africa” (Routledge, with Aisyha Varraich), “Corruption and Norms: Why Informal Rules Matter” (Palgrave, with Annika Engelbert), “Corruption and the Impact of Democracy” or “The Role of Law in Curbing Corruption” (Crime, Law and Social Change). 

She is currently publishing two new books on “Corruption and Gender: The Role of Norms” (with Ortrun Merkle) as well as "Deconstructing the many faces of corruption in Africa" (with Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai). She is specialized in social science methodology and comparative research on empirical corruption, democracy, and governance research as well as political psychology.

Ina had several academic stays abroad such as in the USA, Sweden, Italy, and Russia. Ina also works as an international consultant for several organizations and institutions such as the European Commission, Transparency International, OSCE, OECD, NATO and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Education for Justice (E4J), where she has developed university modules on anti-corruption, in particular in the field of “Corruption and Comparative Politics”, “Corruption and Gender”, “Corruption and Good Governance”, "Corruption, Peace and Security" and “Corruption and Human Rights”. 

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