Kellstedt, Paul M. and Guy D. Whitten. 2013. The Fundamentals of Political Science Research (2nd Edition). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press
Pollock III, Philip H. 2016. The Essentials of Political Analysis (5th Edition). Washington DC: CQ Press.
A Comment on the Recommended Books
I assign these books because I believe they are useful. You should look into them if you’d like! Yet, quantitative methods is a unique subset of political science pedagogy where you could truly teach yourself if you had a working internet connection. Unlike other topics/fields in the discipline, political scientists who teach students about research design and methodology are apt to share their notes, lectures slides, and discuss stuff on Twitter. Coding-related inquiries are even more abundant on a place like Stack Overflow. You could truly “just Google” your way through the semester if you were diligent. In light of the extraordinary situation of teaching students during a mishandled viral pandemic, I intend to help you by giving ample clarification of what we will be discussing in a week if you wanted to take to Google or Stack Overflow to teach yourself these topics around my online (or in-person?) instruction. My feelings would not be hurt.
These are the homework sets I ask you to complete during the course of the semester. Of note: the “prompt” contains the questions and the “script” contains the R code to execute various commands that will help you answer the question. Not all home works have R scripts. The “repository” link is the Github repo for everything. The first homework set also includes answer templates for your consideration. I offer these to students interested in learning R Markdown. Students should check the syllabus to see when each is due.
- Homework #1 (Prompt, Script, Answer Template [PDF, MS Word, R Markdown] , Repository)
- Homework #2 (Prompt, Repository)
- Homework #3 (Prompt, Script, Repository)
- Homework #4 (Prompt, Script, Repository)
- Homework #5 (Prompt, Script, Repository)
Additional Course Materials
Students must read the following documents in the first week of class. These outline my expectations for the rest of the semester.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Using
- Reading a Regression Table: A Guide for Students
- The American Statistical Association’s Statement on p-values: Context, Process, and Purpose
- Taking Good Notes
- Dos and Dont’s of Writing for Students
- Assorted Tips for Students on Writing Research Papers
- Exam Grading Policy
- Writing a Prospectus
- Prospectus Example
- Research Design Paper Instructions
- Fun with Attendance and Grades (i.e. Students Should Attend Class)
- The Educational Power of Discomfort
- Everybody Writes: A Web Content Approach for Students
- Put Your Laptops Away, Kids (Vol. 2)