Spring 2021 - POL 201 D100
Introductory Quantitative Methods in Political Science (4)
Class Number: 4818
Delivery Method: Remote
Course Times + Location:
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 18, 2021
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
1 778 782-8640
Corequisites:POL 200W or permission of department.
Introduces quantitative research techniques in political science. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate quantitative political science research. Quantitative.
The objective of this module is to introduce students to the practice of quantitative data analysis in the social sciences. The lecture component of the module will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of quantitative measurement, and statistical description, causal inference, and hypothesis testing. It will also provide a foundation for understanding the statistical models used in the social sciences. In the laboratory component, students will learn to apply these techniques to the analysis of social science data. Through lab assignments, students will have the opportunity to test hypotheses and explanations on major research data sets. The module should provide a sound grasp of the possibilities, methods, and dangers inherent in quantitative social and political research. I assume no prior background with using a statistical computer package; however, you will spend significant time in the course learning how to use computers to conduct statistical analyses.
Each week will have approximately 5 x 20 minutes = 100 minutes of asynchronous lecture time, 50 minutes of online synchronous meeting time (optional except when indicated as mandatory), and 110 minutes of online synchronous tutorials.
- Lab Assignments 30%
- Problem Sets 15%
- Mid‐Term Exam 25%
- Final Exam 30%
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
BY KELLSTEDT, PAUL M. AND WHITTEN, GUY D.
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
PUBLICATION DATE: JUL. 26, 2018
Department Undergraduate Notes:
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112).