Johan A. Dornschneider-Elkink

Foundations of Political Research

POL 10170 Foundations of Political Research

Tuesday, 10:00-11:00 am and Thursday, 10:00-11:00 am, Theatre A, at the O'Brien Centre for Science - Hub. Office hours are handled by Jesper Lindqvist in room G311, Thursday, 13:00-14:00.

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

The core textbook is Babbie's The Practice of Social Research. 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
Original codebook (search for codes listed in the overview of variables)
Graphical user interface for ggplot graphs (please report any problems!)
Videos: barchart | scatter plot | three-way graph | using the template
Template for the essay

10 Sep What is political science research? slides
12 Sep Counting or interpreting? Two cultures in research slides
17 Sep Theories and experiments slides
19 Sep Example: Why do people kill? (see Brightspace) Stephanie Dornschneider
24 Sep Know what you’re talking about slides
26 Sep Using library resources (see Brightspace) Marta Bustillo
1 Oct Example: Development projects and corruption in Tanzania slides article
3 Oct How to see what you see? slides
8 Oct Looking at a variable: Graphs for single variables slides video on levels of measurement
video on misleading axes
10 Oct Example: Who voted yes in the marriage referendum? slides article
15 Oct Looking at relations: Graphs for two variables slides
17 Oct More on causal inference slides
22 Oct Testing relations: Graphs for three or more variables slides video on proportional ink
video on common causes and control variables
24 Oct Example: Independent Commissions in post-conflict societies (see Brightspace) Dawn Walsh
5 Nov Survey design: Who to ask? slides
7 Nov Survey design: What questions to ask? slides video on designing survey questions
12 Nov Coding text: Quantitative approaches slides
14 Nov Coding text: Qualitative approaches slides
19 Nov Example: Power relations in the Kremlin slides article
21 Nov Reading and writing political science research slides article
26 Nov The ethics of doing research slides
28 Nov Review session quiz