Lectures: Thursdays 18.oo-21.00 pm online

Instructor: Ass. Prof. Dr. Sezgi Durgun Özkan

e-mail: metot2021@gmail.com
The Seminar in Political Science and International Relations is a graduate course that assists students in mastering writing skills, as well as academic writing rules.

This course will cover the methodological discussions in social sciences and guide students in their way to develop their own academic research projects.  Throughout the seminar, students will be doing extensive research on their respective topics, as well as conducting a research project. At the end of the semester, students are expected to present (online) their findings in a Graduate Student Workshop.

Attendance and Participation
The course will be online and the videos will be uploaded to UES system. You are expected to attend the classes online on time, unless you have a significant excuse.


Plagiarism is a serious academic offense and will under no circumstances be tolerated. Students who accidentally or intentionally plagiarize their written work will not only fail the course but also face disciplinary action.

Topic and Reading Materials

What is a thesis? How to identify and analyse the components of a thesis?

week 1-3 : Reading Material: Exemplary Work 1 , Work 2, Work 3

Week 4:  How to avoid Seven Deadly Sins in Academic Writing

Week 5: Academic Writing as Shaping and Reshaping

Week 6: Problem Selection in the Social Sciences: Methodology

Students will investigate a number of links, books , texts and websites, which should be followed by students on a regular basis. Students are individually responsible for their own research project.

Grading and Written Assignments

Students will receive a passing grade upon the submission of their RESEARCH PROPOSAL  %40, and presentation of the original literature review at the STUDENT WORKSHOP %60.

Research proposal (RP): Students should write 2-3 pages of a proposal, outlining their forthcoming research paper which they will present in class, and deliver the literature review and possible research plan written form at the end of the semester. The proposal should include very specific details, such as the title, methodology, scope, limitations, etc, of the forthcoming paper as well as a tentative bibliography (not less than a total of 10 academic books or journal articles of scholarly nature).

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Note that all students should follow APA citation styles, All written assignments should be coherent in terms of the citation rules they apply (footnotes, endnotes, etc.).