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Environment and Climate Politics


RaumIhnestr. 22, 14195 Berlin FFU-Besprechungsraum (3. St.)

Beginn: 12.04.2011
Dienstag: 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr

This course is designed for bachelor's and master's students working in the fields of comparative and international energy and environmental politics. The expectation is that individuals taking this course will have a bachelor's or master's thesis topic in mind and during the course will make progress on the research/writing of their bachelor. The course will combine a focus on issues of research design and primarily qualitative research methodologies with presentation and critique of individual participant's thesis projects. As all participants in the class will have common interests in energy or environmental matters it is expected that there will be lively critique of thesis projects and designs. In our weekly meetings, we will consider what is involved in picking a good research question and appropriate research design. One of the things researchers often find most challenging is moving from a broad general idea of a research topic to formulating a researchable question. In this course, we will consider how different ways of asking questions can influence what and how an environmental or energy issue is researched.