17.869 Political Science Scope and Methods

As taught in: Fall 2003

Graphic similar to the butterfly ballot used in Palm Beach County.

Butterfly ballot from 2000 U.S. presidential elections. (Image courtesy of MIT OpenCourseWare.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Adam Berinsky

Course Features

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.