Fall 2009 not offered
This course introduces students to logic of social scientific analysis and various quantitative research techniques used in the study of politics and public policy. Students will develop a competence in the use of analytical skills essential for conducting original research. The coverage of quantitative methods includes descrpitive statistics, probability and sampling theory, and the deductive logic of hypothesis testing and statistical inference, with a special emphasis on measurement, cross-tabulation, and regression. Research problems and data sources are drawn primarily from the fields of American politics and public policy. Instruction in a statistical package, STATA, is an integral feature of the course. Knowledge of calculus is not assumed or required.
The course will introduce students to quantitative methods
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-American)
Moore and McCabe, Introduction to the Practice of Statistics and articles employing a variety of quantitative techniques and approaches to policy analysis.
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Exams, exercises, and policy simulation
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This course is strongly recommended for Government majors in the American Politics concentration. Ideally, it should be taken in the sophomore year, because its lesson can be applied in many upper-level courses.
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