• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, Sociology, Political Economy

This is the second course in the quantitative sequence of research methods in politics. It reinforces students’ understanding of linear and non-linear regression analysis. Although the course will cover the goals and mathematical assumptions behind statistical techniques, the emphasis will be on skills for analysing data and interpreting results. in particular, students will gain first-hand experience of analysing survey data. Data will be drawn from a range of domestic and international examples in political science and related social science disciplines. Students also develop basic ideas about how to use survey experiments to study political preferences and behaviours. On completion of the course students will have a set of skills that can be applied to an array of academic research and policy evaluation problems.

Course topics covered:

  • Causal Inference and Counterfactuals
  • Linear Regression I
  • Linear Regression II
  • Logistic Regression I
  • Logistic Regression II
  • Nonparametric Regression
  • Matching and Weighting
  • Survey Design
  • Analysing Survey Data
  • Missing Data and Imputation Methods
  • Introduction to Survey Experiment
  • Data Visualization

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the complexity of contemporary politics from the perspective of solid research design and empirical analysis;
  2. Apply a range of basic descriptive and inferential quantitative techniques to analyse political phenomena;
  3. Generate, explain and visualize descriptive and basic inferential statistics for political and social phenomena in particular from survey data
  4. Understand how to create, analyze, and interpret quantitative data, especially survey data
  5. Analyze and evaluate quantitative research designs, including the use of experimental designs

Indicative Assessment

  1. Statistical analysis assignments (40) [LO 2,3,4]
  2. In-class exams (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Final replication project (40) [LO 2,3,4,5]

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12 x 2 hour lectures; 12 x 1 hour labs; 4 x 1.5 hour in-class exams; 12 x 7 hours of assessment preparation, reading, and final assessment preparation.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

Students must complete POLS8042 or have an exemption from the instructor. Incompatible with SOCR8001.

Prescribed Texts

Imai, Kosuke. Quantitative social science: An introduction. Princeton University Press, 2018.

Preliminary Reading

Imai, Kosuke. Quantitative social science: An introduction. Princeton University Press, 2018.

Wooldridge, Jeffrey M. Introductory econometrics: A modern approach. Nelson Education, 2016.

Angrist, Joshua D., and Jörn-Steffen Pischke. Mostly harmless econometrics: An empiricist's companion. Princeton university press, 2008.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic introduction to statistics, means, medians, modes; introduction to linear regression (equivalent to content of POLS8042).


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2023 $4320
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2023 $6180
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8285 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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