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Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis



The aim of this course is to introduce students to different research designs for quantitative data collection as well as to the use of multivariate statistics for the analysis of quantitative data. It will build upon the knowledge that the student has gained in an introductory course in statistics. Such courses generally concentrate on univariate and bivariate statistics, whereas few phenomena can be explained using only one variable. This course will cover multivariate techniques that are most commonly found in the literature of political science and public administration, in particular multiple regression and logistic regression.

Methods of Instruction

The course will use a mix of lectures, class discussions of assigned literature, and short presentations.

Study material

  • Field, Andy. 2009. Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

  • A selection of articles (announced on Blackboard).


The grade will be based on course assignments, a final research paper, and class participation.


Thursday 3 February till 24 March, 9.00-11.00 hrs. in SA07. (except 3 March 1A47; no meeting on 17 March, instead of that meeting Monday 21 March 9.00-11.00 hrs. SA09)