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, which can also be accessed electronically through UCD Library.

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!)
Web site to generate charts: Teaching Charts.
Template for the essay

18 Sep What is political science research? slides
30 Sep Counting or interpreting? slides
25 Sep Know what you’re talking about slides
27 Sep Using library resources (Sandra Dunkin) (slides on Brightspace)
2 Oct Reading and writing political science research slides video on how Generative AI can write
video on some issues around Generative AI
4 Oct Example: Kenyan media, violence reporting and crisis response (Caitriona Dowd) (slides on Brightspace) article
9 Oct Looking at a variable: Graphs for single variables slides video on levels of measurement
video on misleading axes
11 Oct Looking at relations: Graphs for two variables slides
16 Oct Lab: Using the online graph interface
18 Oct Example: Who voted yes in the marriage referendum? slides article
23 Oct Testing relations: Graphs for three or more variables slides video on proportional ink
video on common causes and control variables
25 Oct (continued)
6 Nov Theories and hypotheses slides
8 Nov Coding text slides
20 Nov Experimental designs slides
22 Nov Historical and comparative research slides
27 Nov Survey design: Who and what to ask? slides
29 Nov The ethics of doing research and review session slides quiz