POLS 3600 – RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
This course will help students learn how to carry out research and write papers in political science. Topics include the scientific method, research design, data sources, data manipulation, statistics, and quantitative and qualitative research. The course introduces appropriate formats for papers in the discipline and reinforces writing skills. The purpose of this class is to make students familiar with the basic research techniques employed by political scientists as well as many other social science disciplines. In this class, students will learn how to analyze a variety of quantitative data, prepare graphs and tables to summarize data, and how to utilize and interpret basic statistical techniques, including ordinary least squares regression. Students will be expected to complete an original, professional research paper including quantitative analysis.
POLS 5320 –SEMINAR IN PUBLIC LAW
This course provides graduate students a survey of the literature in judicial politics. The class will focus on judge decision-making, the role of institutions, strategic behavior, the implementation and impact of judicial policies, the relationship between the judiciary and other institutions, and comparative judicial politics. As such, this course will survey the U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, state supreme courts, international courts, and domestic judiciaries in other countries.