Checking date: 07/05/2018

Course: 2019/2020

Research methodologies for politics
Study: Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (283)

Coordinating teacher: TORRE FERNANDEZ, MARGARITA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Research methods in social sciences
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
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
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
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 and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.