PS 817 Empirical Methods of Political Inquiry

Political science, like all mature academic fields, advances by scholarly research. This course introduces graduate students to the issues that commonly arise in qualitative and quantitative empirical political science research designs and their execution. Because no single approach to a research question is ideal, we will learn about the trade-offs involved in selecting one design over another. As a researcher and a consumer of others’ research, you must be self-conscious about the strengths and weakness of each methodology.