Title: Introduction to Political Science Research Methods (790:300:01)
Instructor: Patrick E. Shea
Instructor’s e-mail: peshea@rci.rutgers.edu   
Days, times, location: MTh 8:10 – 9:30 am, 213 Murray Hall CAC
Office hours: Monday, 10 – Noon, 305 Hickman Hall CDC

Synopsis: In this course, you will learn to understand the most common statistical techniques used in political science and acquire the skills necessary to use these techniques and interpret their results. Mastery of these techniques is essential for understanding research on public opinion and voting behavior, electoral studies, comparative and international political economy, causes of war, regime change, legislative success, and many other topics. In this class you will read examples of quantitative research on democracy, public opinion, and elections. But more than that, you will actually participate in research by replicating what others have done and by doing original analysis yourself.