Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science

An introduction to the process of conducting research in political science. Students will develop an intuition for problem-driven research in the social sciences, gaining specific insight into the range of methodological tools employed by political scientists. In this course, students will design and analyze a research question, formulate and test hypotheses about politics, evaluate techniques to measuring political phenomena, and assess methods of empirical analysis and interpretation. The course has a particular focus on quantitative analysis and students will gain fluency in statistical software. The course provides a foundation for conducting empirical research and is strongly recommended for students interested in independent research, a senior honors thesis, and/or graduate school.

Units: 1.25

Max Enrollment: 18

Prerequisites: One course in political science. Fulfillment of the basic skills component of the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Not open to students who have taken or are taking POL 199, MATH 101, MATH 101Z, ECON 103/SOC 190, QR 180, or PSYC 205.

Instructor: Maneesh Arora, Jennifer Chudy

Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring; Fall