GOV 339L • Research Methods in Government
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This course provides an introduction to the methods used in political science research. After learning about the structure of causal analysis, we will examine four basic research strategies: experiments, "large N" or quantitative studies (AKA statistics), small N studies that use qualitative reasoning, and formal modeling. The goals of the course include providing students with the analytic tools to critically evaluate social science research and causal arguments found in everyday life and improving students' ability to pose and answer research questions on their own.
The course grade will be based on one in-class midterm, a comprehensive final examination given during the exam period, several homework assignments (see below), and participation. The final grade will be determined as follows: Midterm 30% Final Exam 35% Homework 30% Participation 5%
All readings are in a two volume course packet that is available for purchase at Speedway Copy in the Dobie Mall and on reserve at the PCL. The amount of reading is light but dense. I encourage you to budget enough time to read each selection twice.