17.869 Political Science Scope and Methods

Fall 2003

Butterfly ballot from 2002 U.S. presidential elections.
Butterfly ballot from 2000 U.S. presidential elections. (Image courtesy of OCW.)

Course Highlights

All of Professor Berinsky's lecture notes may be downloaded.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an introduction to a variety of empirical research methods used by political scientists. The primary aims of the course are to make you a more sophisticated consumer of diverse empirical research and to allow you to conduct sophisticated independent work in your junior and senior years. This is not a course in data analysis. Rather, it is a course on how to approach political science research.
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Prof. Adam Berinsky

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours/session