Empirical Methods for Political Science|
Fall 2014 not offered
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)
Readings will primarily be from scholarly journals and other outside material, but Johnson & Reynolds, The Fundamentals of Political Science Research, is strongly recommended.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Six smaller assignments, two longer assignments and a final paper.
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