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Quantitative Research Methods



This course aims to provide students with theoretical insights and practical skills related to statistical analysis in political science. We will discuss topics such as probability distributions, hypothesis testing, cross-tabulation, correlation, analysis of variance, bivariate and multivariate regression and finally, logistic regression. In addition to this, we study research that has employed statistical analysis. In the framework of short assignments, we conduct statistical analyses using various data sources.

Methods of Instruction

The course consists of weekly lectures, short homework assignments, and class discussions.

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 short assignments and a final research paper.


Pieter de la Courtbuilding, Leiden:
Thursday 4 November till 23 December, 11.00-13.00 hrs . in 5B02 (except 18 November 1A41, 25 November no meeting: instead of that Wednesday 24 November, 11-13 hrs. 1A22) and
Monday 15 November, 15.00-17.00 hrs or Wednesday 17 November, 13.00-15.00 hrs. in 1A26 (pc)