Checking date: 03/02/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Research methodologies for politics
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (2013 Study Plan) (Plan: 306 - Estudio: 283)

Coordinating teacher: JURADO NEBREDA, IGNACIO

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Research methods in social sciences
After completing this course students will: 1. Know the quantitative and qualitative techniques of particular interest for political analysis and research in empirical political science. 2. Develop the methodological framework applicable to empirical political research
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Elements for design, development and results presentation of a empirical research in political science. 2. The elements of scientific research: research question, theory, hypothesis, measurement, data recollection, data analysis. 3. The methodological problems of causality. 4. Public opinion data and agregated data. 5. Data analysis, hypothesis testing.
Learning activities and methodology
- Formal lectures and case studies in class, design a project of empirical research in the field of Political Science, individually and in teams, formulation and testing of hypothesis with data analysis; and required and recommended readings.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Brians, C.L; Willna, L.; Manheim, J.B.; Rich, R.C.. Empirical Political Analysis. Pearson. 2011
  • Kellstedt, Paul.M & Whitten, Guy. D. . The Fundamentals of Political Science Research. Cambridge University Press. 2009
  • King, Gary, Robert Keohane & Sidney Verba. Designing Social Inquiry. Princeton. 1994
  • Schutt, Russell K. . Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research. . Peine Forge Press. 1999
Additional Bibliography
  • King. Designing social inquiry: scientific inference in qualitative research. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1994
  • Marsh, D.; Stoker, G., eds.,. Theory and Methods in Political Science. Palgrave MacMillan (second edition). 2002

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.