Catalogue 2020 - 2021

POSC 212 Political Analysis


3 cr.


POSC 102 and sophomore standing.

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the ways in which scholars try to systematically describe and explain political phenomena. How is the study of politics a science? How do political scientists develop hypotheses and test them in such areas as citizen participation, the effects of news media and campaign ads on political attitudes, and the behavior of legislators, governors, and presidents in policy-making? The course will cover the elements of research design as well as survey, experimental, and qualitative approaches to the study of politics. Students also will learn how to analyze data using descriptive statistics, t-tests, correlations, and multiple regression.