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P284_Jan 14_Intro - Political Research and Analysis Course...

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11 Jongho Lee, Ph.D. Department of Political Science January 14, 2008 Political Research and Analysis Course Introduction
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22 Course Overview n This course provides an introduction to the major research methods used to study political processes, institutions, and behaviors. n Our goal is to learn about how to conduct research to understand and explain a variety of political phenomena.
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33 More specifically, you will learn how to … n Pose research questions n Develop a research design ¨ Build a theory; ¨ Formulate testable hypotheses; ¨ Acquire and analyze pertinent data; and ¨ * You will also learn how to use SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) to organize and analyze quantitative data.
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44 Course Objectives The course has two primary objectives: n To provide you with the analytical tools and skills to critically evaluate claims about society and politics.
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