Research & Methods in Global Affairs

This course will focus on the research methods and steps needed to produce a top quality research paper on an important issue/topic in the field of global affairs. Students will learn to engage in all aspects of researching, developing, and completing a quality paper indicative of focused research, rigorous investigation, critical analysis, effective utilization of relevant concepts, and review of the literature. An analysis of the major approaches to global affairs is designed to provide a framework for an investigation of the topic (usually a case study or case studies) that you have selected for your paper. The major approaches t global affairs that will be covered are realism, neo-realism, constructivism, critical theory, classic Marxist analysis and various neo-Marxist approaches to the study of global affairs. The course will include learning how to use scholarly journals, books, and websites in researching your paper.