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Sample Proposal: Quantitative Reasoning

College of Liberal Arts

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GOV 327L: Public Opinion and American Politics

Department of Government

Please describe specifically the quantitative skills students will learn and apply in the course.

Descriptive statistics, correlation, & regression (OLS); familiarity with a menu-driven data statistical analysis package like (though presumably not) SPSS.

On what kinds of real-world problems will students use quantitative skills?

Explanation of vote choice, voting and other forms of political participation, policy attitudes, party affiliation, and political knowledge, among other things.

Describe typical assignments related to Quantitative Reasoning.

A 20-30 page term paper developing and testing plausible hypotheses about the effects on some aspect vote choice, voting and other forms of political participation, policy attitudes, party affiliation, or political knowledge, based on data from the American National Election Studies.

Please explain how at least one-half of the course grade is based on content related to Quantitative Reasoning.

The paper will count for 75% of the course grade, and all of that will be related to “quantitative reasoning” –in the development of the hypotheses, the representation of those hypotheses in equations, the estimation of the parameters of those equations (and thus the effects on the dependent variable), and the interpretation of the results.

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