Political Analysis

Module code: POPP 2513

Module description

This module provides an overview of the most important research methods used within contemporary social and political research. The course covers both quantitative and qualitative strategies, and discusses the importance of theory for informing our questions, and conditioning how we understand the results we get. The course also equips students to understand the trade-offs between different approaches, and allows them to understand that there is no one 'right' method. The course also discusses the importance of validity and reliability in research. The course also aims to equip students with the knowledge necessary to carry out their own research (whether quantitative or qualitative), and so also has a focus on teaching practical research skills.

After the completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Recognise the importance of plausible, valid and reliable evidence in political science
  2. Recognise the importance of theory, of the view that all knowledge is conceptually formed
  3. Recognise the importance of internal consistency, simplicity and fit between research model and reality (however this is conceived)
  4. Apply research skills in practical settings thereby enhancing employability prospects

Contact hours per student per year

  • Workshops: 20 hours


  • Essay: 50%
  • Phase test: 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books

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