Undergraduate Research Seminar

SAME AS V53.0595

PERMISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT REQUIRED. This course focuses on research methodologies and research design approaches employed in the field of European Studies. During the class we will cover various types of empirical methods, focusing on qualitative ones, such as ethnography, participant observation, interviews, historical research, and will briefly discuss issues related to quantitative ones, such as sampling and data interpretation. We will look at different examples of how these methods can be effectively used and combined for studying different aspects of European societies, EU’s political institutions, and local cultural practices. The course will emphasize the framing of research questions, as well as the choice of best methods for research, and how the choice of methods influences the significance, meaning, and impact of the results. Assignments from this course are designed to help students prepare for and advance their BA thesis projects. They will consist of several small projects, and a larger research project employing an original methodology.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered in the fall. 4 points. Trains undergraduates interested in European studies in approaches to research, in the sources and uses of research materials on Europe, and in the process of research.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

Filip Erdeljac
M: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM KJCC 324