Fall 2017 - 61115 - PA 397G – Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies

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 MGPS 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. 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.

Expectations and Requirements

Student progress will be evaluated on the basis of performance along four criteria:

  1. A mid-term exam
  2. A final
  3. Problem sets
  4. Class participation

Readings

The required text is TBD. Journal articles and supplementary book chapters intended to complement the text are also required.

 

SRH 3.122