Johan A. Dornschneider-Elkink

Foundations of Political Research

POL 10170 Foundations of Political Research

Monday 9.00-10.00 and Wednesday 9.00-10.00.

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 data and codebook (Look up any variables you use in your assignment in the questionnaire!)
For the graphs you can select your variables here: Find My Plot.
Template for the essay

26 Sep What is political science research? slides
28 Sep Using library resources (Vanessa Buckley) (slides on Brightspace)
3 Oct Counting or interpreting? slides
5 Oct Know what you’re talking about slides
10 Oct Reading and writing political science research slides
12 Oct Example: International institutions and its discontents (Yoo Sun Jung)
17 Oct Looking at a variable: Graphs for single variables slides video on levels of measurement
video on misleading axes
19 Oct Looking at relations: Graphs for two variables slides
24 Oct Example: Who voted yes in the marriage referendum? slides article
26 Oct Testing relations: Graphs for three or more variables slides video on proportional ink
video on common causes and control variables
7 Nov Coding text slides
9 Nov Example: Political resistance (Stephanie Dornschneider-Elkink)
14 Nov Theories and hypotheses slides
16 Nov Experimental designs slides
21 Nov Historical and comparative research slides
23 Nov Survey design: Who and what to ask? slides
28 Nov The ethics of doing research slides
30 Nov Review session quiz