- Code POLS8042
- 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 Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Politics
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and introductory tools associated with quantitative methodology in political science. Course content includes topics such as descriptive statistics, basic probability, and inference and regression analysis. Students are not presumed to have a strong background in mathematics, only a willingness to participate and learn is required.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- apply a range of basic descriptive and inferential quantitative techniques to analyse political phenomena;
- explain the complexity of contemporary politics from the perspective of solid research design and empirical analysis;
- generate, explain and visualise descriptive and basic inferential statistics for political phenomena using a statistical software package; and
- apply relevant concepts and techniques to complete a research project and presentation suitable for delivery at a graduate-level political science conference.
- Seminar participation (20) [LO 1,2]
- 5 assessments (code, output and visualisations) (50) [LO 2,3]
- Final Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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.
There are no prescribed texts assigned for this course.
Students looking to use a textbook as a reference are referred to Diez et al. OpenIntro Statistics, 4th ed., available for free at https://leanpub.com/openintro-statistics, and Grolemund and Wickham, 2016, R for Data Science, O'Reilly Media, Inc
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