• 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 Marija Taflaga
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course in quantitative and qualitative research methods is core for students in the areas of politics and government. It prepares 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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Workload

260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 36 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 212 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Development Studies (HDEVS), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) (HPOLS), Bachelor of International Relations Honours (HIR), Bachelor of European Studies Honours (HEURO), Bachelor of Latin American Studies (HLAMS), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours (HMECA), Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics Honours (HPPE) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed POLS8042.

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


Specialisations

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:
12 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
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $6840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $9720
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4188 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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