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Introduction to Empirical Methods in Political Science (210-0-20)


Sirus Bouchat
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Meeting Info

Annenberg Hall G21: Mon, Wed 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

This class provides an introduction to the tools political scientists use to answer questions about politics. How qualitative, quantitative, and experimental research designs help us answer difficult descriptive and causal questions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

  • identify and explain descriptive and causal inference approaches, as well as their challenges in political science

  • critically evaluate inferential claims in academic social science research

  • identify types of research designs, explain their strengths and weaknesses, and discuss alter- native approaches

  • effectively communicate research processes and findings.

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Class Attributes

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