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Introduction to Empirical Methods for the Social Sciences 
Winter semester 2020/21
Associate Professorship of Computational Social Science and Big Data (Prof. Pfeffer)
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Angaben zur Abhaltung
* What is political science?
* Measurements, variables, probabilities and distributions
* Causality and causal inference
* Survey, field, and natural experiments
* Analyzing observational data
* Introduction to regression analysis
* Causal process tracing, case selection and other key issues in case study research
* Where data come from - survey research
* Uses and design of survey questionnaires
* Sampling for surveys and field research
* Non-positivist epistemology
No other module is prerequisited; interest in a wide variety of political topics, unbashfully approach of active learning, interest in empirical methods.
Upon completion of the module, students are able to:
* understand the major analytical methods for the empirical study of politics,
* understand how use statistical tools for these methods,
* apply these methods to their own research,
* eveluate methods in existing research across the social sciences.
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Readings will include: Pollock, Philip H. The Essentials of Political Analysis. 4th edition. (Los Angeles: Sage, 2012) und Bartels, Larry M. Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. Detailed reading list to be distributed at the first meeting of the class.
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