Global Studies Research is a research methods textbook designed for interdisciplinary International Studies majors and their faculty. The textbook introduces interdisciplinarity, provides basic building blocks of relevant disciplinary knowledge, explains a process for integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines, and models this interdisciplinary International Studies Research Process in its presentation of the case studies.
Interdisciplinarians value the separate disciplines: “[T]he disciplines are foundational to interdisciplinary studies because they have produced the perspectives and insights that contribute to our ability as humans to understand our world” (Repko, Szostak, & Buchberger, 2014, p. 29). However, “the (various) disciplines . . . were not designed to address such complex situations, though the partial insights they provide are absolutely essential to understanding individual aspects of a complex situation” (Newell, 2010, pp. 9, 11). For Global Studies, the social sciences and other relevant disciplines provide us with the necessary information and scholarly analyses and perspectives to study, understand, and potentially solve or manage complex global processes and issues. They are the “necessary precondition for and foundation of the interdisciplinary enterprise” (Repko ...