Syllabus 2017 – 2018

SYLLABUS From Idea to Research and Publishing 2017 – 2018

Graduate School for Social Research

Semesters I and II, 2017-2018

From Idea to Research and Publishing in the Social Sciences (30 hours)


Instructor:                    Dr. Joshua K. Dubrow

Place:                          GSSR, Palac Staszica, Nowy Swiat 72

Time and date:             TBA

Course Website:

Office Hours:              By appointment

Email:                          dubrow.2 at


Course Description 

The purpose of this course is to instruct graduate students on how to turn their research ideas into high quality research products, including dissertation proposal, conference presentations, proposal for grants, awards and fellowships, or a journal article.  This course discusses best practices for:

(1)  Developing ideas into manageable research projects

(2) Developing research questions that generate interest and answer the question of “So What?”

(3)  Sorting through research studies relevant to one’s project

(4)  Framing research questions, problem statements and results to specific types of audiences

(5)  Finding sources of funding, awards and fellowships, conferences and publication outlets

(6)  Completing funding, award and fellowship applications

(7)  Participating in conferences and in professional associations

(8)  Sending an article to academic journals for publication consideration

(9)  Research ethics

In addition, we will examine main research trends the social sciences, including cross-national comparisons and interdisciplinarity.

Course Objectives

This course aims to provide students the key skills for developing both academic and non-academic research products.  At the end of this course, the student should be able to

— Implement their ideas into a research project that is methodologically feasible and relevant to the social sciences;

— Present their research ideas, research questions and/or results to a scholarly audience in writing and orally;

— Review existing literature and effectively select that which is relevant to their project;

— Condense complicated ideas into short, meaningful descriptions;

— Find potential funding sources for their project, including fellowship or award opportunities;

— Write applications for funding and awards.

The course will also facilitate thinking that is logical, reading that is critical, and writing that is clear, simple and engaging.