• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jill Sheppard
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. plan and execute the steps of their own research process;
  2. formulate research hypotheses and research designs;
  3. apply quantitative and qualitative research techniques;
  4. assess quantitative and qualitative measures of concepts; and
  5. conduct and assess a social science analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Concepts and measurement exercise (1000 words) (15) [LO 2,3]
  2. Causal analysis exercise (1500 words) (15) [LO 4]
  3. Data generation exercise (1500 words) (15) [LO 4]
  4. Methodological exercise (1500 words) (15) [LO 1,4]
  5. Class Participation (10) [LO 2,3,5]
  6. Research design paper (3000 words) (30) [LO 5]

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Workload

260 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.

Inherent Requirements

N/A

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) (HDEVS), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) (HPOLS), Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) (HIR), Bachelor of European Studies (Honours) (HEURO), Bachelor of Latin American Studies (Honours) (HLAMS), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours) (HMECA), Bachelor of Public Policy (Honours) (HPPOL), Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) (HPPE) or Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours) (HASIA).

Prescribed Texts

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.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2749 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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