Spring 2021 - POL 200W D100
Investigating Politics: Research Design and Qualitative Methods (4)
Class Number: 4823
Delivery Method: Remote
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. Much of the course focuses on knowledge and skill-building that are applicable to both quantitative and qualitative research. The final portion emphasizes specific qualitative data collection and analytical techniques. The overall objective is to help students become critical consumers and practitioners of social science research. There is no final exam for this course.
This course combines asynchronous lecture material with synchronous tutorial discussion. Synchronous Q & A sessions with the professor will be optional.
- Synchronous Tutorial Discussion 10%
- Online Quizzes (5 x 1% each) 5%
- Synchronous Open-Book Test – March 9th 12:30pm-2:20pm 25%
- Three Short Assignments 60%
A selection of journal articles and book chapters made available by the instructor on Canvas.
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021
Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (email@example.com or 778-782-3112).