Introduction to Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods in Political Science
This course introduces students to the methods used in political science research. We will learn about the basic structure of causal analysis, with an emphasis on four basic research strategies: experimentation, “large N” quantitative studies, “small N” studies that use qualitative reasoning, and formal modeling. The primary goals of this course are:
- to provide you with analytic tools that will help you to critically evaluate social science research as well as causal arguments found in everyday life, and
- to improve your ability to pose and answer research questions.