IPOL-320 Quantative Methods for International Politics
Fall for 2017-2018
The study of social and political phenomena is a vast endeavor and this class will serve as an introduction to quantitative methods for social science research. We will discuss the use of quantitative research methods as a tool to further aid you as researchers of - and participants - in social science research. The progression of this course will address scientific research design and statistics and consider many examples of such research. Students can expect to be introduced to not only the means for conducting rigorous research in social science fields but also the theory that guides the accumulation of knowledge about these phenomena. Its format will be lecture, discussion, active practice, and include formal written submissions. This course will provide students with the analytic tools necessary to understand and perform fundamental quantitative social science research, to identify its limitations and abilities, and to approach quantitative research critically.
IPOL-320-70 Quantitative Methods for Iinternational Politics
Fall for 2017-2018
This is an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods used in the study of domestic as well as international politics. By taking a hands-on approach to various problems, students in this course will learn how a variety of quantitative and qualitative data are collected, managed, and interpreted by social scientists, journalists, and policymakers. By the end of the course, students should expect to become better consumers and producers of empirical arguments about politics. This is an important goal not only for those with an eye on the job market or graduate school, but also to better understand sociopolitical phenomena around us.
The course is divided into two halves. The first half focuses on statistical tools, analysis, and inference. Basic high school skills in mathematics are adequate to formulate and test hypotheses. Simple arithmetic and algebra will suffice, though a familiarity with probability theory will certainly help. The course will also introduce students to the statistical software STATA, which will be a valuable aid in analyzing data in this course and beyond.
The second half of the course is devoted to a range of qualitative methods for studying politics and society. Students will receive an in-depth introduction to participant-observation methods, interview techniques, ethnographic immersion, archival research, comparative historical analysis, and discourse analysis. Short tasks designed to enable students to learn by doing will supplement course readings and discussions.
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