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Fall 2015-2016
* POL 350 (SA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Research Methods in Political Science

John Kastellec

This is the introductory undergraduate course in research methods for Politics majors, designed to help prepare students for junior papers and the senior thesis. The material is chosen to convey an understanding of research design, choice of methods, and analysis. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be taught, including some statistics. However, this is not primarily a statistics course, and the material is different from what a statistics class or qualitative research class would teach. Rather, it is an introduction to a range of research methodologies as they are applied to political science topics.

Sample reading list:
Paul Kellstedt and Guy Whitten, The Fundamentals of Political Science Research
W. Phillips Shively, The Craft of Political Research
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 50-80 pages of readings per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 40%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21792 L01 9:00 am - 9:50 am M W   Jones Hall   100   Enrolled:12 Limit:
23995 P01 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:12 Limit:14 Closed
21793 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled