Methodologies in International Relations


This seminar has four major objectives: (a) to acquire knowledge and methodological skills for delineating and managing integrated and scalable manner, the research project leading to the
doctoral thesis; (b) to transmit knowledge and understanding of the main technical options available for research in international relations, appropriate to the preparation of the thesis; (c) to develop capacities to structure and manage research projects; and (d) to provide each student with the ability of reflective and critical discussion and presentation of research projects.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Teresa Maria Ferreira Rodrigues


Weekly - 2

Total - 280

Teaching language





-Bennett, Andrew & Colin Elman (2007) \"Case Study Methods in the International Relations Subfield\". In Comparative Political Studies 40 (2) : 170-195.
-Collier, David org (2008) Handbook of Political Methodology. Oxford : OUP.
-Delanty, Gerard & Piet Strydom (2003) Philosophies of Social Science: The Classic and Contemporary Readings. Maidenhead, England: Open University.
-Della Porta, Donatella & Michael Keating (2008) Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
-Lebow, Richard Ned & Mark Irving Lichbach (2007) Theory and evidence in comparative politics and international relations. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
-Parsons, Craig (2007) How to Map Arguments in Political Science. Oxford : OUP.

Teaching method

The seminar mainly orientated for empirical research. This purpose is reflected in the individual assessment items, which are divided into several phases.

Evaluation method

Executive Summary (10%); + Attendance and participation in the sessions (10%);(20%), Presentation of individual progress report (30%); (30%), Written report, in accordance with the FCSH ‘s model (50%).(50%)

Subject matter

The Seminar is organised into weekly sessions. In each one it will be presented the relevant information and methodologies, in order that PhD students can deepen: (a) the specialized
research´s parameters in the scientific area of International Relations; (b) models of analysis that are available and already tested in different areas of specialization of International
Relations; (c) technical options available for research in International Relations; and d) the capacity for applied research projects and structuring individual PhD theses.