Empirical Methods for Political Science|
This course is an introduction to the concepts, tools, and methods used in the study of political phenomena, with an emphasis on both the practical and theoretical concerns involved in scientific research. It is designed to get students to think like social scientists and covers topics in research design, hypotheses generation, concept/indicator development, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and interpretation. Students will become better critical consumers of arguments made in mass media, scholarly journals, and political debates. The course is especially appropriate for juniors who are considering writing a thesis in government.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: GOVT151 OR GOVT155 OR GOVT157 OR GOVT159
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CADS)(DATA-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-American)(GOVT-Comparativ)(GOVT-Intl.)(HRAD-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
David S. Moore and William I. Notz, STATISTICS: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES, 7TH EDITION, New York: W.H. Freeman, 2009
Darrel Huff, HOW TO LIE WITH STATISTICS, W.W. Norton & Company, 1993
Michael W. Traugott and Paul J. Lavrakas, HOW ARE QUESTIONNAIRES PUT TOGETHER, 2000.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
1 exam (20%); 1 major research paper (30%); short individual paper (20%); group project (20%); participation and discussion (10%)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Must have had an introductory-level government course. If you have not taken one, you may take this class with permission of the instructor.
Students hoping to register during drop/add should follow wait list instructions available here: http://efowler.faculty.wesleyan.edu/teaching/waitlist/
|Instructor(s): Harrison,Brian Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: PAC107; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 3||JR major: 15|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: X|
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