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Conversion Course: Research Design and Measurement

Course 2013-2014

Description

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).

Literature

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

Examination

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

Schedule

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