Course level: Undergraduate
The justification of political decisions forms an integral element of governing. This English-speaking seminar introduces students to the systematic study of political justifications and provides them with a method – qualitative content analysis – that is particularly suited for that task. In small groups, students will design and conduct their own study of political justifications. After introducing students to the key concepts related to political justifications (part 1), we will learn how to develop a convincing research design and how to study political justifications using qualitative content analysis (part 2). Accompanied by close supervision, part 3 is dedicated towards conducting students’ own research projects on their self-chosen topic.