Johan A. Elkink

Foundations of Political Research

POL 10170 Foundations of Political Research

Tuesday, 10:00-11:00 am, Theatre P, Newman Building, and Thursday, 10:00-11:00 am, H2.18 Accenture Theatre, O'Brien Centre for Science - Hub.

All information about the course can be found in the syllabus.

The core textbook is Babbie's The Practice of Social Research: eBook | hard copy. His The Basics of Social Research can also be used.

For the data project, you will need the following resources:

Overview of variables in the data set
Graphical user interface for ggplot graphs (please report any problems!)
Videos: barchart | scatter plot | three-way graph | using the template
Template for the essay

11 Sep What is political science research? slides
13 Sep Counting or interpreting? Two cultures in research slides
18 Sep Example: Women and post-violence transition (see Blackboard) Melanie Hoewer | paper
20 Sep Using library resources (see Blackboard) Marta Bustillo
25 Sep Elements of a research design slides
27 Sep Example: Development projects and corruption in Tanzania slides paper
2 Oct Know what you’re talking about slides
4 Oct How to see what you see? slides
9 Oct Example: Who voted yes in the marriage referendum? slides paper
11 Oct Looking at a variable: Graphs for single variables slides video on misleading axes
16 Oct Combining and describing variables: Scales, indices, and codebooks slides
18 Oct Looking at relations: Graphs for two variables slides
23 Oct More on causal inference slides
25 Oct Testing relations: Graphs for three or more variables slides video on proportional ink
video on common causes and control variables
6 Nov Survey design: Who to ask? slides
8 Nov Survey design: What questions to ask? slides video on designing survey questions
13 Nov Doing field research Stephanie Dornschneider
15 Nov Coding text: Qualitative and quantitative approaches slides
20 Nov Example: Power relations in the Kremlin (see Blackboard) paper
22 Nov Reading and writing political science research slides article
27 Nov The ethics of doing research slides
29 Nov Review session quiz