Master Seminar

General Information
Number of Hours: 
Tuesday 12:00 - 13:30
Preliminary requirements: 

Basic knowledge in theory of international relations or theory of politics or theory of communication.

Course Description: 


1. Introduction to the course and the field of research.

2. Introduction to the methodology of international relations and media and communication: a transdisciplinary approach for research on soft power, public diplomacy and international broadcasting.


Individual discussion on MA projects.


  1. Asking the right questions: research questions and hypothesis.
  2. Sources for studies on soft power, public diplomacy and media.
  3. Methodology: verification of the hypothesis.


Aims of the course: 

W 1. Prepares for implementation of methods and tools of research in international relations, methods of gathering and verifying data.

W 2. Extends knowledge in theory of international relations and its place within the frame of the theory of social and political science.

W 3. Provides with advanced knowledge in the methodology of social sciences in order to prepare for a master thesis as a scientific project.

W 4. Contributes to the comprehension of  methods of international relations and media and communication.


U1. Implements foreign policy analysis, system analysis and network analysis  to understand the issues and processes of international relations.

U2. Analyses media performance from the perspective of political science and international relations as a field of it.

U3. Provides the knowledge to prepare the draft of  a master thesis.


K1. Contributes to the development of skills necessary for participation in public discourse.

K2. Prepares to analyze international environment while implementing foreign policy analysis and related methods.

K3. Enables to implement knowledge from international relations and media and communication in preparing research questions and verifying sources.  

Teaching methods: 

Students will learn to choose the topic for the master thesis, to build a hypothesis and choose methods to verify it, while searching for literature and discussing their MA projects during the classes. Students will be introduced to the methods of social sciences while studying and analyzing cases.

Evaluation & Completion: 

During the course students will prepare a draft of their MA project, and present  the concept of their thesis during the class (50%).  Their will write a review of a book (20 % ) and finally prepare a written plan of the MA thesis with literature ( 30 %).

Basic Literature: 

Burnham, P., Research Methods in Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, New York 2007

Fiske J., Introduction to Communication Studies. Routledge, London ,1998

Glynn, C.J., S. Herbst, G. J. O’Keefe, R. Y. Shapiro, M. Lindeman, Public Opinion, Werstview Press, 2004, p. 3-33

Robinson, P., Theorizing the Influence of Media on World Politics: Models of media Influence on Foreign Policy. “European Journal of Communication”, 16, 2001

Nye,J.S., Jr., Soft Power. The Means to Success in World Politics. Public Affairs, New York, 2004.

Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy. Routledge 2009

Additional Literature: 

Barnett Michael, Duvall Raymond, Power in International Politics. “International Organization”, 59, 2005, s. 39-75

Nye, J.S, The Future of Power. Public Affairs, New York, 2011

Kozinets, R.V., Netnography. Doing Ethnographic Research Online. Sage, London 2010

Hansen, A., Cottle, S., Negrine, R., Newbold, Ch., Mass Communication Research Methods. Macmillan Press, London 1998