Research Design in Cultural Sociology

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Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"


Joint Research design in Cultural Sociology (Marco Deseriis), Political communication and media studies (Hans-Jorg Trenz), and  Comparative Politics (Manuela Caiani) 

In this intensive 20-hour-long research design colloquium, doctoral students in Political Science and Sociology, working in the areas of comparative politics, political communication, media studies and sociology of culture present a chapter in progress of their dissertation and receive feedback from peers and instructors. 

The seminar has a crash course format and is organized into two full-day meeting according to the schedule provided below. Each student will be assigned two discussants and all participants are welcome to comment orally and in written form. Each student is assigned 60 minutes which are approximately divided as follows: 20 minutes for a structured Power Point presentation of the research project; 20 minutes to the discussants (7-8 minutes per discussant plus the time allocated for the presenter’s response); and 20 minutes for further comments from the audience.

Dates: May 20 and May 23, 2024

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The general aim of the course is to provide PhD students with the opportunity to present and discuss the development of their dissertations to professors and post-doctoral fellows as well as of their peers. Besides improving reciprocal knowledge and potential networking, the research design course is devoted to the discussion of the main steps in the development of a research design: from the selection of the central research questions, to their theoretical framing, the case selection, the choice of the empirical methods of investigation, the challenges of fieldwork, and the analysis and presentation of the results. Involving participants at different stages of their academic experiences, the seminar also offers the opportunity to develop PhD’s skills in providing feedback and constructively contributing to each other research, both during the sessions and in successive informal, face-to-face discussions that are in part already ongoing and that we hope to stimulate further.