- Class Number 5966
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Richard Frank
- Dr Richard Frank
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
Contemporary Political Analysis provides students with a continuation of the principles of social science research design and empirical analysis that they were exposed to in their first year courses. The course begins with a review of the role of research design, method and methodology in the social sciences that draws on examples from both qualitative and quantitative political science and international relations. This discussion is complemented with an introduction to applied data analytics using a statistical software package. The skills, ways of thinking and techniques learned in this course will provide the necessary foundation for the more advanced application of social science research methodology used in the public and private sectors as well as the honours and graduate levels of study.
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 methodological approaches by which to analyse such issues;
- generate, explain, and visualise descriptive statistics and basic inferential statistics for political phenomena using a statistical software package; and
- apply conceptual and analytical tools to a political phenomenon at a higher level of study or in a professional working environment.
The ANU is committeed to teaching and training students through a process called research-led teaching. Amongst other things, this apporach involves convenors using their own research and research experience as a pedagogical tool when teaching students. Consequently, I will use examples, datasets, and code from my own research on political elites to demonstrate many of the concepts and procedures covered in this course. Further details pertaining to research-led teaching in general, and at the ANU can be found in the links below.
Additional Course Costs
We will use the Stata 16 statistical software package to conduct our analyses. Stata 16 is available on campus in computer labs, and on the ANU Virtual Information Commons.
All reading resources will be available on Wattle.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Detailed comments on their assignment
- Students will also have the opportunity to discuss their assignments during tutorials
- Students are welcome to discuss any assignments with the Convenors or Tutor during office hours.
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The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Welcome and introduction|
|2||Theories and causality|
|3||Qualitative research approaches||Assessment 1 due|
|4||Concepts and measures|
|5||Surveys and sampling|
|6||Descriptive statistics||Assessment 2 due|
|7||Correlations and visualisation|
|8||Comparing groups||Assessment 3 due|
|12||Wrapping up||Assessment 4 due|
ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage .
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial/lab participation||10 %||1,2,4|
|Preliminary problem statement||10 %||1,2,4|
|Qualitative paper||20 %||1,2,3,4|
|Revised problem statement||10 %||1,2,3,4|
|Final paper||50 %||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students will actively participate in weekly tutorial and lab sessions through both individual and group activities and general class discussion.
There are no examinations for this class.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Preliminary problem statement
Students will outline a preliminary puzzle and/or research question. They will also outline several possible answers to this question and both qualitative and quantitative ways that they might go about evaluating their proposed answers.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Students will complete a paper that uses qualitative research to answer their proposed research question.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Revised problem statement
Given students previous qualitative research they will revisit and revise their initial problem statement.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The final paper is the culmination of a semester's study. Students will include a clear research design and clearly described quantitative evidence.
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The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Assignments will be returned via Wattle.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Assignments may not be resubmitted.
Distribution of grades policy
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Dr Richard Frank