Quantitative Methods: Analyzing Countries 2013
(QMAC2013)

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A large portion of political science research published today utilizes statistical analysis. It is crucial for political scientists to be familiar with the most commonly used statistical techniques to be able to read and understand the literature. The focus of this course is to get behind the numbers and provide a basic overview of the most commonly used statistics. The goals of the course are to provide students with the most basic tools to understand quantitative political science literature, build a foundation for those who wish to apply these techniques. It aims to introduce supplemental information on appropriate design of quantitative research and the principles of data collection and handing. Beyond the most basic concepts we will utilize dedicated statistical computer software to help us analyze social science data. This will minimize the need for calculating mathematical statistics by hand. While the core materials, the notes and the textbooks are identical for both Quantitative Methods courses but the assignments and in class quizzes will predominantly focus on problems where we wish to understand how countries and their institutions function and relate to each other. Both courses will arm you with the ability to understand and conduct basic statistical analysis independent of the specific topic of research (people or countries).

This course requires an enrolment key