Mark A. Smith
POL S 500
Major quantitative methods of empirical research in political science. Primary emphasis on research design, data collection, data analysis, and use of computers.
Description: This course will prepare students to conduct empirical research in political science. Topics to be covered include theory building; experimental and non-experimental designs; comparative method and case selection; statistical analysis; and measurement. Qualitative and quantitative research procedures are considered. We will read, discuss, and evaluate concrete examples of the different research designs.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Texts: Van Evera, Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science; Hay, Political Analysis; and a collection of readings.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments: Methodological reviews of two political science articles; a research proposal addressing a topic of the studentís choosing.
Grading: Papers: 90 %; Participation: 10 %.