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School:
California State University, Chico
Course:
Pols 331 - Intro to Political Inquiry

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SYLLABUS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE 331 01 SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THEORY AND METHODOLOGY SPRING 2002 Dr Jon S Ebeling Office Butte 720 Phone 898 4512 Class meeting times Thursday 7 10 PM in Butte 207 Office Hours Wednesday 1 3 Tues 2 3 30 Thurs 2 3 30 This is a seminar for graduate students interested in the practice of and problems in conducting research in political behavior policy analysis and evaluation for the academic disciplines of public administration and politics It is expected that both the instructor and the students will gain new knowledge from working together in this course The course will feature formation of hypotheses and data processing to test the hypotheses using actual data It does have a policy research and formation orientation using quantitative methods In that regard the course assumes you have no knowledge of statistics or you have had a course so long ago that you don t recall the details of it The course is designed to cover an introduction to statistics for graduate students and to cover the application of computer software to the solution of some analytical problems at the same time Students are expected to develop rigorous research papers high quality writing and to use theory and operational definitions of theoretical constructs to test hypotheses with the statistics covered in this course There are two objectives in this course The first is to give a consumer s knowledge of statistics and the reasoning behind the use of it The second objective is to give you the skills and experience with simple statistical methods and report preparation software to do analysis of small data sets obtained over the internet on personal computers or in limited cases data that you have Your grade in the course is based on your abilities to show me you have accomplished these two objectives You can show me your accomplishments in the homework and the reports you prepare for the course The course activities will consist of homework using problems in the



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