Fact, Evidence, Knowledge and Power - PO661

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury
(version 3)
Spring
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5 15 (7.5) DR EA Morgan-Jones

Pre-requisites

Students must have taken (or will be taking) PO657 Political Research and Analysis

Restrictions

module not available to short term/exchange students.

2017-18

Overview

This course builds on students' knowledge of the approaches and methods used in the study of politics and international relations introduced in the first year of the degree program and the foundation in the analysis of quantitative data established in the second year. Students will be asked to consider the nature and purposes of descriptive and causal analysis in politics and international relations. Students will develop skills in choosing, using and evaluating the research designs, and techniques for the collection and analyses of data used by researchers in these fields. Emphasis in the course will be placed on a mixed methods approach to political analysis that enables student to integrate, analyse and evaluate both qualitative and quantitative data. In addition to developing a conceptual and theoretical understanding of different approaches to evidence gathering and analyses and how they can be combined, students will also have the opportunity to extend their skills in practical data analyses.

Details

This module appears in:


Contact hours

11 lectures and 11 seminars

Method of assessment

100% coursework

Preliminary reading

King, G., Keohane, R. O., & Verba, S. (1994). Designing social inquiry: Scientific inference in qualitative research. Princeton University Press.
Van Evera, S. (1997). Guide to methods for students of political science. Cornell University Press.
Brady, H. E., & Collier, D. (Eds.). (2010). Rethinking social inquiry: Diverse tools, shared standards. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Knowledge of the purposes of descriptive and causal analysis in politics and international relations.
Knowledge of the main research designs used in politics and international relations and the ability to evaluate their strength and weaknesses as they are employed to investigate substantive questions of interest.
Knowledge of some of the main ways researchers collect and analyses data in politics and international relations and the ability to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
The development of skills in data collection and analysis.

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