POLS W3720x or y Scope & Methods 3 pts. Why
do citizens vote? Do Get-Out-the-Vote campaigns work to increase turnout?
Does campaign spending increase the likelihood of electoral success? How do
electoral rules aff ect the political representation of the poor? What
determines the success of ethnic insurgencies? Why do some civil wars last
longer than others? Do international laws protect civilians during military
conflict? How we go about answering these questions (and other important
questions about politics and our world) determines the quality of our
answers. This course is about evaluating the quality of answers to political
and social science research questions, and introduces fundamental topics in
research design, choice of method, and data analysis. Although the material
introduces concepts that are relevant to both quantitative and qualitative
research methods, this course emphasizes quantitative research and provides
an introduction to basic statistical analysis. At the successful completion
of the course, students will be well-prepared to conduct independent
research, including senior honor theses.