Description: How do we study politics? What makes political science a science? This course introduces students to the philosophy and research techniques of political science, including the way/s in which the "scientific method" is used by a researcher to insure an effective research design. The course provides you with a working knowledge of how to read, interpret, critique, and present political research. Students are introduced to basic qualitative and quantitative methods essential in the study of political science. The course places special emphasis on discussion of each type of design in the context of contemporary scholarly journal and book projects. Letter grade only.
Sections offered: Fall 2021 Spring 2022
Prerequisite: ((POS 100 or POS 201) and 15 cumulative units) or International Exchange Student Group