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Unformatted text preview: POLI 45-275 Winter 2011 1 DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS 02-45-275 (01) WINTER 2011 Instructor: Dr. Lydia Miljan - Room 1155 CHN, ext 2361 [email protected] Graduate Assistants: Sophie Kam [email protected] Jonathan Romic [email protected] Please place Poli 45-275 in the subject line Office Hours: Monday Wednesday 1:30-3:00, or by appointment Class section 01: Friday 11:30-1:20, CHN G125 Lab Section 51: Monday 1:00-1:50 LL G101A Lab Section 52: Wednesday 1:00-1:50 LL 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, or GA’s through email. PURPOSE OF THE COURSE AND LEARNING RESOURCES: How do we know anything? One downside of the information age is information overload. On any given day, in any newspaper, radio report, or television show and especially the internet we are bombarded with facts, figures and information. Some recent headlines: Why high school should begin at noon: Teens have different body clocks, study says 1 One in 3 young male cyclists impotent: Finding of new study 'surprising and alarming,' says researcher 2 Spousal homicides hit six-year high, study finds 3 Defective federal policies inflate poverty levels, study says: Ottawa disagrees, says new rules favour the skilled Immigration 4 1 Anne Marie Owens, Edmonton Journal , September 27, 2002, Final Edition, p.C1. 2 Aaron Derfel, Edmonton Journal , September 27, 2002, Final Edition, p.A1. 3 Lisa Fitterman, The Gazette (Montreal), September 26, 2002, Final Edition, p.A1 / FRONT 4 Rick Pedersen, Edmonton Journal, September 23, 2002, Final Edition, p.A3 POLI 45-275 Winter 2011 2 Tories and Liberals get grim rating in year-end poll 5 What all these headlines have in common is that they were not made up for the purposes of this outline. They are real studies conducted with data and research to back them up. They are also all inherently political in nature. At the same time, however, they should not be given the same credibility. The primary goal of this course is to get you to be able to ask the correct questions of any research in order to determine its reliability and validity. The course will not necessarily make you a good researcher, but it should allow you to know the difference between good and bad research. Therefore, the main objective of the course is to have students become critical consumers of research studies. The course is divided up into 10 lab exercises, two midterm exams, as well as a final exam. This will provide students with the necessary hands-on experience to get used to dissecting and evaluating research studies....
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