- 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
- Prof Keith Dowding
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course in research processes, 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:
- plan and execute the steps of their own research process;
- formulate research hypotheses and research designs;
- apply quantitative and qualitative research techniques;
- assess quantitative and qualitative measures of concepts; and
- conduct and assess a social science analysis.
- 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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Gschwend, T., & Schimmelfennig, F. (eds) (2007/2011). Designing Research in Political Science: A Dialogue between Theory and Data. Research Design in Political Science: How to Practice What They Preach. Palgrave.
King, G., Keohane, R. & Verba, S. (1994). Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Brancati, D. (2018). Social Scientific Research. Sage.
Completion of a cognate major
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2852||22 Feb 2021||01 Mar 2021||31 Mar 2021||28 May 2021||In Person||N/A|