Research Design and Methods


This course provides an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods in political science. Topics address issues related to theory building as well as theory testing. Technical issues related to these methods are not the focus of this course, as are theoretical issues regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches. Ultimately, the goal of this course is twofold: (1) to instruct students to critically analyze scholarly articles with particular attention to research design, and (2) to guide students in how to design an original research project. Both the reading assignments, including methodological and applied readings, and the written assignments are directed toward these goals. Note: This course counts towards the undergraduate Political Methodology subfield.
Course Attributes: EN S; AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC

Section 01

Research Design and Methods
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