• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Communication, Political Sciences, Political Economy, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Kerby
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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Contemporary Political Analysis provides students with a continuation of the principles of social science research design and empirical analysis that they were exposed to in their first and second year courses. The course begins with a review of the role of research design, method and methodology in the social sciences that draws on examples from both qualitative and quantitative political science and international relations. This discussion is complemented with an introduction to applied data analytics using a statistical software package. The skills, ways of thinking and techniques learned in this course will provide the necessary foundation for the more advanced application of social science research methodology used in the public and private sectors as well as the honours and graduate levels of study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the complexity contemporary politics from the perspective of solid research design and empirical analysis.
  2. Apply a range of methodological approaches by which to analyse such issues;
  3. Generate, explain and visualise descriptive statistics and basic inferential statistic for political phenomena using a statistical software package;
  4. Apply the conceptual and analytical tool to a political phenomenon at a higher level of study or in a professional working environment.

Indicative Assessment

5 short data analysis assignments (10% each for a total of 50%). Individual assignments should not exceed 1000 words each [1, 2, 3 and 4]
10 in-class quizzes, not exceeding 10 minutes each (1% each for a total of 10 %)  [1, 2, 3 and 4]
1 “take home” exam  (40%) [1, 2, 3 and 4]

 

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Workload

One two-hour lecture and one tutorial per week.  Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study per teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).

 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed POLS1002, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Paul Kellstedt and Guy Whitten. 2013. The Fundamentals of Political Science Research. Second edition. Cambridge University Press.

Preliminary Reading

Kyle Longest, 2015, Using Stata for Quantitative Methods, Second edition, Sage.

David M. Diez, Christopher D. Barr, and Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, 2012, Open Statistics, Second edition. Online free copy available at https://www.openintro.org/stat/textbook.php

Majors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8475 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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