• 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 2021
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“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.

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $8220
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $11760
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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
3575 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 04 Jun 2021 19 Sep 2021 In Person View

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