UT-108 Guided Research

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Territorial Planning and Regional Development
2nd Year, sem 2, 2023-2024 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 2L | ECTS Credits: 4
Course Leader:
lect.dr.arh. Andrei Mitrea
Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of this seminar, students will:
1. Understand the logic behind a research project.
2. Explain clearly and convincingly their research products.
3. Define the main research problem.
4. Build the methodology behind their research project.
5. Choose the relevant theories for their research project.
6. Investigate the coherence and consistency behind any research project.
Seminars include:
1. The research problem,
2. Research questions,
3. The research strategy and the action plan,
4. The preliminary table of contents,
5. The detailed table of contents and the abstract,
6. The final research product,
7. The preliminary research project and its review.
Teaching Method:
Short lectures and debates.
Each seminar comes with an exercise. The final grade is calculated as follows: 60% are allocated to the first six exercises, while 40% are alloted to the final exercise.
Main References:
6, P. and Bellamy, C. (2012), Principles of Methodology. Research Design in Social Science. London: SAGE.
Schönwandt, W. L., Voermanek, K., Utz, J., Grunau, J. and Hemberger, C. (2013), Solving Complex Problems. A Handbook. Berlin: jovis Verlag GmbH.
Verschuren, P. and Doorewaard, H. (2010), Designing a Research Project (2nd ed.). The Hague: Eleven International Publishing.

Additional References:
Strevens, M. (2020), The Knowledge Machine. How an Unreasonable Idea Created Modern Science. London: Allen Lane.
Starbuck, W. H. (2006), The Production of Knowledge. The Challenges of Social Science Research. New York (NY): Oxford University Press.