• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Bjoern Dressel
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2020
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In 2020 the in-class dates are- Part 1: Thursdays in Sem 1, 9:00-12:30; Part 2: Jul 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 9:00-3:00

“If you could learn only one thing in graduate school, it should be how to do scholarly research” (Gary King, Harvard University, “Strategies for Political Inquiry”)

POGO 9096 is an introduction to empirical research in public policy, political science, and international relations, which is designed for PhD students who are beginning their dissertation projects. The aim of the course it to help students find their own research questions; develop expected answers with theoretical frameworks; formulate, re?ne, and operationalise concepts; identify strategies to make inference; gather quantitative and qualitative data; and finally analyse data. It emphasises the importance of designing “good” research by developing fine research questions and gathering high quality data for answering them.

The first part of this course focuses on the issues, problems, and strategies related to “small-n” qualitative research, while the second part focuses more on “large-n” quantitative research designs and introduction to statistical analysis.

Notes: This course is offered as part of the Postgraduate Training in Politics and Policy (PTPP) Program jointly organised by the Crawford School of Public Policy (CAP) and the School of Politics and International Relations (CASS). It mainly covers principles of research design in the social sciences. After taking this course, students are strongly advised to take Research Methods (POLS8004) offered in CASS to learn specific quantitative and qualitative methods.

In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in Semester 1 2020 to remote delivery.

Semester 1 Class Summary information (available under the Classes tab) on this publication is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available via Wattle and students should have been advised by the offering College. Find out more information on the University's response to COVID-19 here.

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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:
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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $8100
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $11520
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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5580 24 Feb 2020 06 Mar 2020 03 Apr 2020 29 Aug 2020 In Person View

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