- Code POLS8042
- Unit Value 12 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 PGRD
- Dr Matthew Kerby
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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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.
Upon successful completion, 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 basic descriptive and inferential quantitative techniques to analyse political phenomena;
- generate, explain and visualize descriptive and basic inferential statistics for political phenomena using the Stata statistical software package; and
- apply relevant concepts and techniques to complete a research project and presentation suitable for delivery at a graduate-level political science conference.
- In class participation (quizzes/short in-class presentations) 10%, LO 1,2 (10) [LO null]
- 5 short assessments (500 words each + code, output and visualisations) 40%, LO 2,3 (40) [LO null]
- Research Project: (null) [LO null]
- Paper (5000 words + code, output and visualizations) (40%), LO 1,2,3,4 (40) [LO null]
- Presentation, in class (15 mins) (10%), LO 1,2,3,4 (10) [LO null]
- Students may choose to undertake the project and presentation in an individual or paired capacity. (null) [LO null]
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Workload260 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.
Prescribed TextsP 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.
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