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The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the process and practice of research in
the social sciences, with particular attention to the field of International Relations (IR). This course
will introduce you to four different “styles” of research arranged around two major points of differentiation (dualism vs. monism, descriptive vs. causal) and provide you with some basic skills training for executing all four styles of research. This is not a “philosophy of social inquiry” class, although we will be discussing several key issues in the philosophy of social inquiry: although the material will at times be rather abstract, the focus in this course is on the application of various social theoretical insights to the study of concrete empirical questions and to the production of knowledge.

Introduction to International Relations Research - SIS 206 American University

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The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the process and practice of research in
the social sciences, with particular attention to the field of International Relations (IR). This course
will introduce you to four different “styles” of research arranged around two major points of differentiation (dualism vs. monism, descriptive vs. causal) and provide you with some basic skills training for executing all four styles of research. This is not a “philosophy of social inquiry” class, although we will be discussing several key issues in the philosophy of social inquiry: although the material will at times be rather abstract, the focus in this course is on the application of various social theoretical insights to the study of concrete empirical questions and to the production of knowledge.

    SIS-206 syllabus

    SIS-206 syllabus

    SIS-206 lecture 1

    SIS-206 lecture 1

    • 41 min
    SIS-206 lecture 2

    SIS-206 lecture 2

    • 1 hr 18 min
    SIS-206 lecture 3

    SIS-206 lecture 3

    • 1 hr 1 min
    SIS-206 lecture 4

    SIS-206 lecture 4

    • 58 min
    SIS-206 lecture 5

    SIS-206 lecture 5

    • 1 hr 2 min

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