- Code POLS4011
- 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 International Relations, Political Sciences, International Affairs, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Annika Werner
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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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:
- use basic statistical techniques;
- assess quantitative measures of concepts;
- assess qualitative measures of concepts;
- apply quantitative and qualitative research techniques; and
- formulate research hypotheses and research designs.
- Concepts and measurement exercise, 1000 words (15) [LO 2,3]
- Causal Analysis exercise, 1500 words (15) [LO 4]
- Data generation exercise, 1500 words (15) [LO 4]
- Methodological exercise, 1500 words (15) [LO 1,4]
- Class Participation (10) [LO 2,3,5]
- Research design paper, 3000 words (30) [LO 5]
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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.
This is a course amendment, field not required.
Requisite and Incompatibility
King, Gary, Robert Keohane, and Sidney Verba. 1994. Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Gerring, John. 2012. Social Science Methodology: A Unified Framework. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Completion of a cognate major
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