Winter Semester 2012/2013

Research Tools and Presentation Skills

Heiner Maier

Start: 15 November 2012
End: 18 January 2013
Location:MPI Rostock


Course description:

This course offers an introduction to the practical, ethical and organizational aspects of research. The course asks and attempts to answer a series of questions. What is research? How do we find out and assess what is known? What does it mean to be a scientist? How do we present our research? How do we write up our research plans and results? In addressing these questions, the instructors discuss the various "tools of the trade" that scholars use.


The course consists of five 90-minute seminar sessions on Thursdays (November 15, 22 and 29, December 6 and 13).

Post-course presentations:

Students taking the course will be given the option to make presentations of their research during the week of January 14-18. Instructors will provide feedback and assessment of these presentations.

General readings:

Tufte, E.R. (2003). The cognitive style of PowerPoint. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.

Other relevant readings will be indicated during the lectures and made available to students.

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