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Introduction: Research Methods in Political Science May 12 , 2008 Ivan Katchanovski , Ph.D. POL 242Y-Y Introduction to Research Methods Course Introduction to research methods in political science The goal is to learn basic concepts and tools of political analysis Emphasis

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introduction to research methods course
Introduction to Research MethodsCourse
  • Introduction to research methods in political science
  • The goal is to learn basic concepts and tools of political analysis
  • Emphasis
    • Quantitative methods
    • Practical application of statistical research methods
    • Interpretation of statistical results from a political science perspective
    • Learning how to use SPSS for data analysis
texts
Texts
  • Required:
    • Philip H. Pollock III. The Essentials of Political Analysis, 2 edition, CQ Press, 2005
    • Philip H. Pollock III. An SPSS Companion to Political Analysis, 2 edition, CQ Press, 2006
      • Includes CD with datasets
  • Recommended:
    • Earl R. Babbie, The Practice of Social Research, 11th Edition Wadsworth, 2007
      • Chapters listed in the syllabus are required
      • On course reserve
format and grades
Format and Grades
  • Format :
    • Lectures
    • Computer labs
  • Grades:
    • Lab exercises (8) 30%
    • Midterm test 20%
    • Final test (take home) 20%
    • Research paper (5-10pages) 20%
    • Class participation 10%
  • Penalties:
    • 2% penalties per day of lateness reduction in marks for lab assignment
    • 5% penalties per day of lateness reduction in marks for paper
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SPSS
  • SPSS: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences
    • Originally developed at Stanford University in 1968
      • By an American political scientist (Norman Nie)
      • By a Canadian academic (Dale Bent)
      • By a Stanford MBA (C. Hadlai Hull)
  • SPSS 15 version available at FE 36
  • SPSS 16 for U of T students version
    • $55plus taxes and CD
    • Available at Information Commons Licensed Software Office, Robarts Library, 1st Floor
    • Not the same as more limited SPSS student version
  • SPSS 16: CAD$3,957 plus taxes
computer and quantitative research methods
Computer and Quantitative Research Methods

First digital computer: Abacus

Human computer: one who computes

atanasoff berry computer abc
Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC)
  • Invented and built in 1937-1942
  • Speed up solutions of mathematical and statistical problems
    • by students
  • No patent
  • US District Court in 1973
    • Recognized John Atanasoff as the inventor of the electronic digital computer
    • Annulled ENIAC Computer patents
  • Eyesteelfilm (Montreal) documentary on the ABC:
    • Atanasoff: The Secret History Of the Electronic Computer (In development)
foundations of political science
Foundations of Political Science
  • Foundations of political science:
    • Scientific logic
    • Empirical observation
    • Freedom from personal value judgments
      • What is vs. what ought to be
  • Major aspects of political science research:
    • Theory
    • Data collection
    • Data analysis
research methods
Research Methods

Quantitative

Qualitative

Qualitative Data

Nonnumerical data

Case study

Archival research

Comparative study with small number of cases

  • Quantitative Data
    • Numerical data
  • Statistical
    • Survey
    • Comparative study with large number of cases
paradigms and theories in political science
Paradigms and Theories in Political Science
  • Paradigm: A systematic theoretical and methodological framework
    • Behavioralist
    • Rational choice
    • Postmodernist
  • Theory: a set of interrelated statements intended to explain some aspect of political
    • Can be empirically evaluated
ethics of political science research
Ethics of Political Science Research
  • Voluntary participation in surveys or interviews
  • Anonymity of survey respondents
  • Approval of certain research projects from Institutional Review Boards
  • Falsification of data
  • Falsification of results
  • Plagiarism
  • Ethics of co-authorship
  • Academic integrity vs. commercial, political, and personal interests