Fall 2016 - 60965 - PA397G - Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies
Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies introduces the core quantitative and qualitative methods used by global policy professionals. This course is required for GPS students. Students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative research methods; the difference between systematic research and anecdotal evidence; the links between theory, evidence, and professional practice; and strategies for analysis, inference, and interpretation of data. Students will be exposed to a variety of qualitative and quantitative research tools. We will examine which methods are best suited for which questions and unpack assumptions underlying findings. The goal of this course is for students to gain exposure to and practice with a variety of research methods and to become savvy consumers of research. Student progress will be evaluated on the basis of performance along four criteria: (1) a mid-term exam; (2) a take-home final; (3) six problem sets; and (4) class participation. The required text is Meier, K. Brudney, J., and Bohte, J. (2015) Applied Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administration. Cengage Learning. Ninth Edition. Journal articles and supplementary book chapters intended to complement the text are also required.