Every empirical investigation in political science (and in the social sciences, in general) requires valid and reliable data, and the application of carefully selected statistical methods. The typical form of data collection is conducting a survey, and well-designed surveys can provide the researcher with good data, even if they are based on surprisingly small sample sizes. The course will discuss the most important concepts and techniques in survey design and analysis. A clear understanding of these methods is necessary for the political scientist who is engaged in data collection, but it is also needed for the researcher and the policy maker who analyses or interprets data. The role and importance of survey techniques with respect to the widespread availability of organic data will also be discussed. The mathematical background of this class will be kept at about high school level.
Advanced Methods course, open for ALL tracks