For the first time ever, the Faculty of History and Philology of the University of Tirana is going to offer an interdisciplinary course on research methods in humanities as an elective course, open to all master level students.
With the support of PERFORM, the course was successfully piloted in the last semester. An interdisciplinary course between different faculties of the University of Tirana has not been practiced before, particularly in the field of research methodology. The course was open to all master level students in both the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of History and Philology.
The program was multidisciplinary with the involvement of an array of different professors coming from both faculties, onsite lectures and visits to the national museum, library and archive. The students also had the opportunity to hear lectures by three international professors, namely Prof. Dubravka Stojanovic from Serbia, Prof. Christina Koulouri from Greece, and Prof. Bernd Fischer, a well renowned historian on Albanian history, from the U.S.
The students of this pilot course had the chance to explore a number of important topics on research methodology, and ultimately make use of the acquired knowledge in the preparation of a final essay on topics of their choice. In closing of the interdisciplinary module on research methodology titled “Academic Research within Dynamic Societies”, a final workshop was held where the top 10 essays were presented by the students to an audience of peers and professors. Students with top four essays will have the opportunity to continue engaging in further research within another intervention of PERFORM dealing with profiles of scientists during the communist past.
Following the successful implementation of the pilot course and the positive feedback from everyone involved, the course will be introduced as an elective course for the academic year 2018-2019 at the Faculty of History and Philology, and will be open to all master level students.