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POLITICAL SCIENCE 200 POLITICAL INQUIRY Summer Term 2011
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ii Contents Course Overview ............................................................................................................................. 1 Tentative Course Schedule ............................................................................................................ 16 Course Grade Point Allocations ..................................................................................................... 19 Office Hours ................................................................................................................................... 20 Assignments ................................................................................................................................... 21 Practice Assignments ..................................................................................................................... 50 Appendix 1: Assignment Formatting Guidelines ......................................................................... 63
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1 Course Overview 9:30 to 10:50 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays) 280 Kimball Tower Additional labs are held Wednesdays 9:30-10:20 and Fridays 11-11:50 Ray Christensen, 775 SWKT, 422-5133, [email protected] Office Hours : Mondays 3-3:50, Tuesdays 12-12:50, Wednesdays 1-1:50, and Thursdays 11-11:50 Course content: Political Inquiry is the basic writing and research methods course for the Political Science Department. It also serves as a writing and research methods course for the international relations major. This course teaches the skills necessary for successful writing and research: (1) planning a research project, (2) collecting data, (3) analyzing data, and (4) presenting research results. You will not write a complete research paper in this course. Instead, each assignment will introduce you to a different skill necessary for excellent writing, including everything from developing an appropriate topic for an excellent research paper to collecting and analyzing data and evidence for that paper to formatting and revising the draft of your paper. You will also learn the logic of inference and its importance to the writing process. In addition, 200 is also the first course in a two-course sequence that will raise your skills of interpreting and using quantitative data to a high level. Each of these goals ties directly into the learning outcomes of both the political science and international relations majors. Specifically, in this course we have assignments, lectures, and readings that will help you achieve the following learning outcomes (they are listed at www.learningoutcomes.byu.edu). 1. Use appropriate methods of analysis and research, including qualitative and quantitative methods, historical comparison, and textual interpretation to answer political questions. 2. Write professional grade research papers on political science questions 3. Think critically, analytically, and synthetically 4. Properly cite sources in their writing using a recognized citation style In addition to course assignments that directly address specific learning outcomes, I strive in this course to indirectly address other learning outcomes such as “bring honesty and integrity to their daily lives, public affairs, and professional activities,” “want to serve communities and organizations to which they bel ong,” and “be able to articulate principles of faith in their analysis of politics.” Relationship to other courses: Because Political Science 200 is an introductory course, we discuss, demonstrate, and practice basic writing and research principles. A semester is insufficient time to elaborate on the principles presented; thus we cover a full range of writing and research principles and practices without going in-depth into any of them. Nevertheless, at the end of Political Science
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