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Political Science
as a Social Science

POLS 205

Introduces the methodology of political and social research. Students gain an understanding of social science reasoning, knowledge of social science methodology, and practical research skills helpful for writing original research papers and undergraduate theses. The first half of the course focuses on research design for qualitative and quantitative studies. The second half introduces basic methods for collecting and analyzing quantitative data.

POLS 205

Political Science
as a Social Science

Offered frequently at the
University of Washington
by various instructors



Spring 2010

Class meets:
11:30 am-1:20 pm
Loew Hall 102


Amanda Clayton
(UW Political Science)

Section meets:
A: F 11:30 am-12:30 pm
B: F 12:30-1:20 pm
Smith Hall 220

Lectures           PDFs of slides are best viewed in Adobe Acrobat, rather than in your browser.

Topic 1


Topic 2

Building Social Science Theories

Topic 3

Evaluating Causal Theories

Topic 4

Examples of Theory-Building in Political Science

Topic 5

Experiment & Observation

Topic 6

Qualitative & Quantitative Research Designs

Topic 7

Concepts and Measurement


Review for Midterm Exam

Topic 8

Describing and Exploring Data

Topic 9

Making Inferences from Samples

Topic 10

Analyzing Tables of Data

Topic 11

Analyzing Bivariate Data

Topic 12

Analyzing Multivariate Data, Part 1

Topic 13

Analyzing Multivariate Data, Part 2

Topic 14

Analyzing Multivariate Data, Part 3

Class Project Results

Music Preference Model Results

End of Term

Final Exam Review

Student Assignments

Regular Problem Sets

Due in Section

Midterm Exam

In Class, April 28 in Loew 102

A review session will be held and a review sheet distributed April 26, in class.

Final Exam

June 9, 2:30 pm to 4:20 pm, Loew Hall 102

A review session will be held and a review sheet distributed June 2, in class.

University of Washington link

CSSS Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences link

Chris Adolph & Erika Steiskal

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