Department of Political Science


Introduction to Quantitative Methods

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Jack Blumenau (Department of Political Science) and Altaf Ali (Department of Political Science) 


One midterm paper 1,000 words (25%) and a final paper 3,000 words (75%)

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About this course

This course is designed to introduce you to and help you become familiar with quantitative methodologies critical to your development as a social scientist. The introductory methods course has two primary aims. 

First, students will be introduced to quantitative methodology that researchers and policymakers use in answering social, political and economic questions. Second, the course will equip students to use one or more of the discussed techniques in their MSc dissertation.

By the end of the course, you should be able to understand basic research methods, apply them to real world problems and evaluate their use in published research. Students will also acquire competency in performing statistical analyses using a popular statistical program (R).

The assessment for this course is an eight hour prior disclosure exam which will be completed in the last week of the term.

*Please note that this module is only available to SPP students. Students taking this module are not permitted to take PUBL0050 Advanced Quantitative Methods.