Summer 2020  |  POL 3085 Section 001: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (82818)

Class Component:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
06/08/2020 - 07/31/2020
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (17 of 25 seats filled)
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Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
Political Science 3085 is an upper-level undergraduate course designed to introduce you to quantitative political analysis. Political scientists use statistics and data to explore a wide variety of questions and topics including voting behavior in the United States and other democracies, how democracy influences economic growth, and whether the American public is becoming more or less polarized. These are just a few of the many political questions that political scientists try to answer with quantitative analyses. This course will give you the tools to begin your own examination of these types of questions. This course focuses on issues of research design, hypothesis formation, causation, basic statistical techniques, and how to use computer software to manage data and perform these calculations. By the end of the semester, you will be able to develop testable research questions and hypotheses, design research to answer these questions and hypotheses, apply statistical techniques with quantitative data to answer these questions and hypotheses, present and explain your results using ordinary language, and consume and evaluate academic research and political news that use quantitative data.
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5 March 2020

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