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Mark A. Smith
POL S 500
Seattle Campus

Political Research Design and Analysis

Major quantitative methods of empirical research in political science. Primary emphasis on research design, data collection, data analysis, and use of computers.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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 %.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 07/20/2005