45-575_Syllabus_Fall_2010 - POLI 45-575/45-488 FALL 2010...

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POLI 45-575/45-488 FALL 2010 1 Department of Political Science Quantitative Methods in Political Science Public Policy Analysis 02-45-575 (01)/ 02-45-488(01) Fall 2010 Instructor: Dr. Lydia Miljan Email: [email protected] Please place Poli 45-575 or 45-488 in the subject line Office 1155 CHN, ext 2361 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10-12, or by appointment Class session: Monday 2:30-3:50, CHN 1137 Lab session: Wednesday 2:30-3:50 G101A Website: For updates on the course, be sure to log on to the class CLEW website available from www.uwindsor.ca NOTE: Only email originating from a valid University of Windsor student account will be accepted from students wishing to contact the instructor through email. Purpose of the course and learning resources This course is designed to challenge students to recognize and utilize the many ways quantitative analysis can increase our understanding of our world in identifying and solving public policy issues. Students will develop a basic comprehension of quantitative research, and how it relates to the political world. The course is designed to expand students’ knowledge of statistical analysis and to develop a sophisticated approach to dealing with research questions. The course offers additional skills necessary to undertake quantitative data analysis for independent research. Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the course, students are expected to: 1. Read, understand and evaluate quantitatively-based research. 2. Synthesize complex data analysis and theory. 3. Formulate research questions and be able to choose the appropriate methodology to measure outcomes. (Students will be required to justify research decisions and choices). 4. Collect and analyze quantitative data. 5. Using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) students will calculate statistics that measure their research questions. 6. Apply research ethics in the conduct of their studies. 7. Read analytically, research widely, and communicate clearly in written form. 8. Write a policy analysis report
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POLI 45-575/45-488 FALL 2010 2 Lectures and Seminars Students will have the opportunity to meet with the instructor and with other students through the following: Formal lectures every week – see schedule for times and topics. Lab work with classmates Discussion and interaction with other students in class and through the internet. Course Text Requirements Dipak Gupta. 2011. . Washington D.C.: CQ Press. Work to be undertaken by students Preparation for lectures/Seminars Attendance at all lectures, seminars and labs are highly recommended. The first half of the course consists of seminar sessions and labs. For the seminars, I expect students to have read the material and prepared to discuss the concepts. This will require some thought regarding how the concepts apply to students’ research questions. In the second half of the course, I will be providing some lectures as some of the concepts covered are difficult and I
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