The graduate course “Research Methods” (Program in Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut) was designed and taught by Nikolas Kosmatopoulos on Spring semester 2016.
It sought to provide students with an overview, an understanding and a hands-on practice of research-related theories, tools, strategies and ethics for the purpose of generating empirical research on questions of society, power, policy and politics. It focused on qualitative approaches, i.e. ethnography, fieldwork, field notes and interviews – with an emphasis on research problem formulation (‘problematization’), research design, data collection, analysis and presentation of findings.
In the course students were exposed to a specific field for fieldwork, namely the Mediterranean Sea, and in particular to research-related questions regarding policy, theory and politics (refugees, energy, environment, livelihoods, property, tourism, transport, infrastructure, geo-politics etc.).
For more information on the course visit the website: https://searesearchaub.wordpress.com