*Political Science and Public Administration Research Methods
An introduction to the research processes used by political science and public administration. The scope of political science and public administration research and the methods used to address political and policy questions are studied. Cross-listed as POSC 395. Prerequisite: Three previous courses in political science or public administration.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Three previous courses in political science or government.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered odd Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
Any standard Political Science or Social Science research text which familiarizes the students with the process generally as well as statistical analysis.
Political Science Research Methods
By Johnson and Joslyn (Congressional Quarterly Press) Recommended
Research Methods in Political Science: An Introduction Using MicroCase
By Michael Corbett (MicroCase) Recommended
Researching the Polity: a Handbook of Scope and Methods
By Jones, Laurence & Edward Johnson Recommended
Empirical Political Analysis
By Brians, Willnat, Mannheim, and Rich (Pearson) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Practice formulating research questions, testable hypotheses and operationalizing variables.
Describe and explain the use of various methods for political research, such as the experimental method, sampling techniques, survey instruments, content analysis, participant observation and field research, and secondary data analysis.
Identify and utilize appropriate methods of analyzing information quantitatively.
Develop a research design or paper containing, at minimum, the following elements: introduction, literature review, hypotheses and methods.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
An introduction to political science and political research
An overview of political research.
The scientific method
Deduction and induction theory
The research topic or problem
Purpose of review
Conducting a review
The nature of causation
Finding causes in political science
Other types of designs
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.