This seminar is intended to introduce first year doctoral students to a broad range of theoretical approaches, contemporary debates, and research strategies relevant for developing a PhD thesis project in international relations/political science. Following sessions on philosophy of social sciences, IR theoretical debates, and research questions and design, faculty from the IRPS Department will be invited to present their own experiences with research. Required readings for these sessions will be posted on the course moodle in advance of each session. Seminar participants will also have an opportunity to present and receive critical feedback on a draft version of their PhD prospectus, a document that will be revised and presented to the entire department at the annual department PhD retreat.