Fall 2021 - POL 200W D100
Investigating Politics: Research Design and Qualitative Methods (4)
Class Number: 3830
Delivery Method: In Person
Introduces different aspects of research design in political science, as well as different qualitative research techniques and the epistemological perspectives that inform them. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate political science research. Students with credit for POL 200 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.
This course introduces students to the foundations of empirical research in political science. While much of the course deals with knowledge and skill building that are applicable to both quantitative and qualitative research, the focus will be on qualitative methodologies. Over the course of the semester students will learn and apply core concepts and research methodologies from distinct approaches to social science research. The first half of the course will develop fundamental social science research concepts, while the second half will introduce students to various types of data collection and analysis, including historical and comparative case studies, textual analysis, process tracing, and interview and ethnographic research.
The course will help students become effective critical consumers and practitioners of social science research. By the end of the semester, students will be able to both critically analyze and undertake research employing a variety of qualitative research methods. They will also learn to summarize their conclusions effectively in written format.
- Participation 10%
- 3 Written assignments, each worth 20% 60%
- Final project 30%
Christopher Howard, Thinking Like a Political Scientist (University of Chicago Press, 2017) ISBN: 022632768X
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