Course Details

POSC 230: Methods of Political Research

An introduction to research method, research design, and the analysis of political data. The course is intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of scientific inquiry as they are employed in the discipline. The course will consider the philosophy of scientific research generally, the philosophy of social science research, theory building and theory testing, the components of applied (quantitative and qualitative) research across the major sub-fields of political science, and basic methodological tools. Intended for majors only. Prerequisite: Mathematics 115, 215, 245, 275 or AP Statistics (score of 4 or 5)
6 credits; SI, WR2, QRE; Offered Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020; M. Freeze, K. Freeze, G. Marfleet