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Conversion Course: Research Design and Measurement



The course is designed to introduce students to the most important research designs and methods, and to provide them with the primary notions of statistical analysis. First, we discuss the research design components and some of the regular qualitative and quantitative research methods. Second, we set the bases for the use of statistical methods in political research by focusing on descriptive and inferential statistics (bivariate and multivariate techniques of analysis).

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, class discussions, and exercises (SPSS based).


Jarol B. Manheim, Richard C. Rich, Lars Willnat, Craig Leonard Brians, and James Babb. 2012. Empirical Political Analysis: An Introduction to Research Methods. Longman.


Seven weekly assignment. A pass is obtained for the course when each individual assignment is graded with a pass.

Deadline for all assignments: Friday 1 November


Monday 2 September until 21 October, 17.00-19.00 hrs in 1A26