GV200-5-FY-CO: Political Analysis
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Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: Yes
Dr Rob Johns
Dr Rob Johns and teaching assistants
Course Administrator Sallyann West email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Module is taught during the following terms
The aim of the course is to empower you so that you are confident in interpreting and handling relatively simple statistical data. The theme of the course is to get you to ask of any study:
whats your model? and
how would you know if you were wrong?
We start with epistemology because you need to understand the critical importance of using (appropriate) empirical evidence to evaluate explanatory (theoretical) claims. We teach you basic statistics because this is the standard method of handling large amounts of evidence in order to evaluate explanatory claims. We try to give you both a conceptual understanding of the statistical techniques and practical experience in actually conducting statistical analysis. This is because practical experience helps you to develop a proper understanding of the concepts themselves
By the end of the course, students should:
be able to understand empirical research papers that use common statistical techniques
have sound elementary statistical skills, including the use of SPSS
understand why it is important to confront theoretical claims with empirical evidence
be familiar with the language associated with research techniques
be able to design limited empirical research projects
Learning and Teaching Methods
weekly 2 hour lecture and 1 hour class
50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark
essay 30%, test 20%, essay 30%, test 20%
Exam Duration and Period
3:00 during Summer Examination period.
2nd Year students in: BA Politics; BA Economics and Government; and BA Politics and International Relations, BA Democratic Politics and BA European Politics
- Halperin, S and Heath, O. (2012) Political Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Kellstedt, P.M., and G.D. Whitten (2009). The Fundamentals of Political Science Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.