POS 3703: Research Methods in Political Science
Fall 2019


Course Information:

  • The syllabus is available here
  • Student questions
  • Student responses
  • Click here for the FAU library
  • BBC World News
  • Pocket
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  • Power Point Slides:

  • Traditional Political Science: 1850-1950 (PowerPoint slides)
  • Behavioral Political Science: 1945-1970 (PowerPoint slides)
  • Post-Behavioral Political Science: 1970-to present (PowerPoint slides)
  • How Political Science is Researched in Other Countries (PowerPoint slides)
  • The Nature of Science (PowerPoint slides)
  • Hypotheses Variables and Theory-Building (PowerPoint slides)
  • Data and Levels of Analysis (PowerPoint slides)
  • Sampling Techniques (PowerPoint slides)
  • The Basics of Research Design (PowerPoints slides)
  • Ethical Concerns in Research (PowerPoints slides)
  • Experiments (PowerPoint slides)
  • Nonexperimental Designs (PowerPoint slides)
  • Case Studies (PowerPoint slides)
  • Game Theory and Rational Choice (PowerPoints slides)
  • Selecting and Defining Political Science Topics (PowerPoints slides)
  • The Art of Writing (PowerPoints slides)
  • Citations (PowerPoint slides)
  • Writing an Abstract (PowerPoint slides)
  • The Importance of the Literature Review (PowerPoint slides)
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  • Assignments:

  • Click here for assignment 1
  • Click here for assignment 2
  • Click here for assignment 3
  • Click here for assignment 4
  • Click here for assignment 5
  • Click here for assignment 6
  • Click here for assignment 7
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  • Development of the Political Science Discipline:

  • American Political Science Association
  • American Political Science Association Sections
  • APSA conference home page
  • Views of the American politics subfield
  • APSA's description of the possible subfields in political science
  • APSR and the Vietnam War
  • British Political Science Association
  • Perestroika movement in political science
  • Russian, East European and Eurasian Center at UI
  • Sovereignty is a basic concept in of nation-states
  • Break away states of the former Soviet Union
  • Map of African decolonization
  • The Tragedy of behavioral political science
  • Small example of the policy relevance of political science
  • Fun Stuff
  • How political science really operates
  • Click here for a Ren and Stimpy discussion of regression
  • I want an A
  • You have two cows
  • Daily Show
  • Decline
  • World leaders
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    Methods and Research Design:

  • The Karl Popper home page has a number of his influential writings
  • Thomas Kuhn has also had a profound influence on the field of philosophy of science
  • Click here for a good description of Almond and Verba's classic work The Civic Culture
  • Experimental research in political science
  • Here is a discussion of Easton's political system
  • Variables
  • Regression analysis
  • Information on case studies
  • Click here for a APSR article on case study research
  • Discussion of most similar and most similar research designs
  • Examples of most similar research design
  • ANOVA
  • Religion and conflict
  • Revision of data
  • Operationalization of variables
  • Magaloni paper
  • Elgie paper
  • Ethics in research at FAU
  • Discussion concerning rational choice theory
  • Click here for a discussion of mean, median and mode
  • Click here for a use of a median calculation
  • Click here for a good, general discussion of levels of measurement
  • Click here for an example of a nominal level variable
  • Click here for an example of an ordinal level variable
  • Click here for an example of a ratio level variable
  • Click here for some examples of literature reviews (1, 2, 3)
  • Click here for a discussion of frequency distributions (several sites)
  • Click here for a discussion of standardized beta coefficients
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  • Data and Reference Resources:

  • The Society for Political Methodology and the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association have a wonderful home page on research and methodology issues
  • The ICPSR maintains the world's largest data archive
  • Click here for some of the data used by David Kinsella
  • The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems is a program of cross-national research among election studies conducted in over fifty countries
  • Here is some basic information of election results
  • The Lijphart elections archive contains election results
  • Click here for the Gallup Organization
  • The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of Romania has the 1998 Yearbook available
  • Click here for additional Romanian county-level data
  • The University of Essex maintains an electronic list of election laws and results from East European countries
  • The UN maintains a list of basic social indicators
  • The World Bank maintains a list of basic social indicators by category and country
  • The IMF country index has economic information on all IMF members
  • Eurobarometer public opinion polling
  • Transparency International monitors corruption world-wide
  • Click here for the TI Index
  • The Freedom House country ratings are available
  • Click here for the CIA Fact Book
  • APSA has posted many of the papers presented at the annual meeting
  • Georgetown University maintains a Political Database of the Americas
  • Here is a wonderful collection of working papers
  • Here is my revised APSA list of journals
  • Click here for World Trade Organization information, including trade rulings
  • The University of Richmond maintains an excellent constitution data base
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  • Information on Political Science:

  • Information on the American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Click here for the APSA Guide to Professional Ethics in Political Science
  • Click here to see my list of political science journals (revised from the APSA list)
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