syllabus Summer 11 - POLITICAL SCIENCE 200 POLITICAL...

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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, ray_christensen@byu.edu 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.
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This note was uploaded on 05/28/2011 for the course ECON 380 taught by Professor Price during the Spring '11 term at Brigham Young University, Hawaii.

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syllabus Summer 11 - POLITICAL SCIENCE 200 POLITICAL...

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