- Code POLS2044
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 Sciences, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Matthew Kerby
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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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 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.
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:
- explain the complexity of contemporary politics from the perspective of solid research design and empirical analysis;
- apply a range of methodological approaches by which to analyse such issues;
- generate, explain, and visualise descriptive statistics and basic inferential statistics for political phenomena using a statistical software package; and
- apply conceptual and analytical tools to a political phenomenon at a higher level of study or in a professional working environment.
Indicative Assessment5 data analysis assignments, 1000 words each (5x10% each for a total of 50%). Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
10 in-class quizzes, 10 minutes each (10x1% each for a total of 10%). Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Final examination, 2 hours (40%). Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsPaul Kellstedt and Guy Whitten. 2013. The Fundamentals of Political Science Research. Second edition. Cambridge University Press.
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
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