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PS 30: POLITICAL INQUIRY Spring 2008 Peter H. Smith Social Science 364 Office hours: M 2-4 E-mail: phsmith@dss.ucsd.edu WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? Purpose of Course Organization of Course Everyday Relevance BASIC GOALS (I) Introduction to logic of empirical research in

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ps 30 political inquiry

PS 30: POLITICAL INQUIRY

Spring 2008

Peter H. Smith

Social Science 364

Office hours: M 2-4

E-mail: phsmith@dss.ucsd.edu

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WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?

  • Purpose of Course
  • Organization of Course
  • Everyday Relevance
basic goals i
BASIC GOALS (I)
  • Introduction to logic of empirical research in
  • political science
  • As revealed through quantitative methods
  • With emphasis on practical applications
  • And research projects by students.
reading assignments
READING ASSIGNMENTS
  • Philip H. Pollock III, The Essentials of Political Analysis, 2nd edition
  • Philip H. Pollock III, An SPSS Companion to Political Analysis, 2nd edition
  • A Course Reader.
research project
RESEARCH PROJECT
  • Principal focus of discussion sections
  • Use of data in SPSS Companion
  • Practical illustration of statistical methods
  • Due at last section meeting (4-6 pages + tables and/or graphs).
spss statistical package for the social sciences student version
SPSS: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (Student Version)
  • Available for purchase in UCSD Bookstore (~ $200!)
  • Available for use in UCSD student computer lab
  • (Solis 105) and elsewhere on campus
grading
GRADING
  • 10% for participation in discussion sections,
  • 30% for homework assignments,
  • 25% for research project, and
  • 35% for final exam
course web page
COURSE WEB PAGE
  • Address:
  • http://weber.ucsd.edu/~phsmith/teaching.htm
  • Contents:
  • Course Syllabus
  • Lecture Outlines (all 19 available now!)
  • Study Guides
  • Information and Announcements
discussion sections
DISCUSSION SECTIONS
  • Total of six sections
  • W-Th-F
  • Openings: Th 1:00-1:50, F 11:00-11:50
  • Third and fourth meetings: Solis 105
tas poli 30
TAs/POLI 30
  • Sarah Knoesen sknoesen@gmail.com
  • Paula Jacobson pjacobson@ucsd.edu
  • Brad LeVeck bleveck@ucsd.edu
course reader
COURSE READER
  • Political Cycles in Latin America
  • Settlements of Civil Wars
  • Ideology and Voting on U.S. Supreme Court
  • Economic Development and Political Democracy
  • Mass Support for Democracy
  • Governmental Performance and Political Regimes
basic goals of course ii
BASIC GOALS OF COURSE (II)
  • Intellectual sadism
  • Literacy in the field of political science
  • Exposure to original research
  • View of statistics as a way to summarize vast amounts
  • of information
  • And again, the logic of research:
  • How do we know what we know?
  • How can we measure political phenomena?
  • How can we ascertain patterns of political behavior?
on the ubiquity of measurement everyday propositions
ON THE UBIQUITY OF MEASUREMENT: EVERYDAY PROPOSITIONS
  • Al Qaeda presented a bigger threat to the United States than did Iraq under Saddam Hussein.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a better governor than Gray Davis.
  • Vicente Fox raised the hopes of the Mexican people.
  • John McCain has more experience in the national security area than either of his Democratic opponents.