• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, International Affairs, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Chungshik Moon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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To establish a new 'Research Training' course in quantitative and qualitative research methods as a core course for Honours students in the School of Politics and International Relations. This course will prepare research students for demanding investigation of the content and process of political behaviour in a wide variety of settings. Students will be taught advanced research skills to interpret and explain political processes, drawing on debates over the choice of appropriate research methodologies for many different political and social settings.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use basic statistical techniques
  2. Assess quantitative measures of concepts
  3. Assess qualitative measures of concepts
  4. Apply quantitative and qualitative research techniques
  5. Formulate research hypotheses and research designs

Indicative Assessment

Series of computer exercises: 1000 words 10% (LO 1)

Quantitative problem-solving paper 1: 2000 words 20% (LO 2)

Qualitative problem-solving paper 2: 2000 words 20% (LO 3)

Series of interpretative papers: 2000 words 20% (LO 4)

Major research design paper: 3000 words 30% (LO 5)

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3 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 16 hours of independent study per week over the semester (total 260 hours)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HARTS2), Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) (HIR), Bachelor of European Studies (Honours) (HEURO), Bachelor of Latin American Studies (Honours) (HLAMS), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours) (HMECA), Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) (HPPE), or completed 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

Prescribed Texts

P H Pollock, Essentials of Political Analysis. 4th ed, 2011; An SPSS Companion to Political Analysis, 2011.

Craig Parsons, How to Map Arguments in Political Science, Oxford University Press 2007.

Preliminary Reading

L R Jaisingh, Statistics for the Utterly Confused. 2nd ed, 2005

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6108
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $8736
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4727 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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