Research Methods in Political Science
PSCI 220: Research Methods in Political Science
Political Science 100, 101, or 202 and 12 credits
This course will introduce students to the common research methods used in political science. Students will learn various aspects of research design and how to correctly do it and explore a variety of tools and techniques commonly used in political science research. This will enable the students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Some of the major topics covered include: formulating research questions, coming up with testable hypotheses, gathering qualitative data, testing and analyzing the data, drawing causal inferences, and interpreting the results with respect to the original research question and the hypotheses, as well as reporting the results.