Johan A. Elkink

Foundations of Political Research

POL 10170 Foundations of Political Research

Monday 9.00-10.00 and Wednesday 9.00-10.00 through Virtual Classroom on Brightspace.

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 data and codebook (Look up any variables you use in your assignment in the questionnaire!)
Unfortunately, the graphical user interface is not working. Instead - and this is much easier for you! - you can just select the variables you want to use here: Find My Plot. Make sure you download "Plot A", "Plot B", "Plot C" when the link to it appears.
Thus, select your dependent variable, download Plot A, then select your independent variable, download Plot B, etc.
Videos: barchart | scatter plot | three-way graph | using the template
Template for the essay

28 Sep What is political science research? slides
30 Sep Counting or interpreting? slides
5 Oct Know what you’re talking about slides
7 Oct Example: Who voted yes in the marriage referendum? slides article
12 Oct Looking at a variable: Graphs for single variables slides video on levels of measurement
video on misleading axes
14 Oct Looking at relations: Graphs for two variables slides
19 Oct Testing relations: Graphs for three or more variables slides video on proportional ink
video on common causes and control variables
21 Oct Lab: Using the ggplotgui interface (continued)
2 Nov Reading and writing political science research slides article
4 Nov Experimental designs slides
9 Nov Theories slides
11 Nov Survey sampling slides
16 Nov Example: Development projects and corruption in Tanzania slides article
18 Nov Coding text: Qualitative approaches slides
23 Nov Coding text: Quantitative approaches slides
25 Nov Example: Power relations in the Kremlin slides article
30 Nov The ethics of doing research slides
2 Dec Review session quiz