POL S 285 A: Political Science As A Social Science

Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Location: 
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SLN: 
21639
Instructor:
Mark Smith
Mark Alan Smith

Syllabus Description:

Smith's grading scale here

the full syllabus here

Zoom link to lectures, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:20:  https://washington.zoom.us/j/92781881503

Zoom link to section AA, Fridays 11:30-12:20: https://washington.zoom.us/j/94581343262

Zoom link to section AB, Fridays 12:30-1:20: https://washington.zoom.us/j/96635286325

Zoom link to Professor Smith's office hours, Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00-6:00:  https://washington.zoom.us/j/97761974017

Zoom link to Mathieu Dubeau's office hours, Wednesdays 12:00-2:00:

https://washington.zoom.us/j/99389967668

 

Part I:  Political Science as a Discipline

Tuesday, January 5  Introduction to the course (video recording) (slides)

 

Thursday, January 7  The science in political science (video recording) (slides)

recommended preparation:  Molly Ott, Introduction to Scientific Inquiry & Social Science Research

 

Friday, January 8  Section AA (video recording) (slides)

Friday, January 8  Section AB (video recording) (slides)

 

Tuesday, January 12  Theories, models, and causation (video recording) (slides)

recommended preparation:   Armin Trost, Research Question & Hypothesis

 

Part II:  Quantitative Research in Political Science

Thursday, January 14  The challenges of demonstrating causation (video recording) (slides)

recommended preparation:  Tulia Falleti and Julia Lynch, Context and Causal Mechanisms in Political Analysis

 

Friday, January 15  Section AA (video recording) (slides)

Friday, January 15  Section AB (video recording) (slides) 

 

Tuesday, January 19  Conceptualization and measurement, part 1 (video recording) (slides)

Recommended preparation:  Armin Trost, Measurement

Section assignment #1, due at 8:00 PM

 

Thursday, January 21  Conceptualization and measurement, part 2 (video recording) (slides)

recommended preparation:

Measuring Attitudes Likert Scales

Confirmatory Factor Analysis

 

 

Friday, January 22  Section AA (video recording) (slides)

Friday, January 22  Section AB (video recording) (slides)

 

Tuesday, January 26  Midterm exam

 

Thursday, January 28  Sampling, part 1 (video recording) (slides)

recommended preparation:  

Molly Ott, Quantitative Sampling

James Clear, Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

 

Friday, January 29  Section AA (video recording) 

Friday, January 29  Section AB (video recording) 

 

Tuesday, February 2  Sampling, part 2 (video recording) (slides)

recommended preparation:  Armin Trost, Survey Design part 1

 

Thursday, February 4  Surveys and survey research (video recording) (slides) 

recommended preparation:  Armin Trost, Survey Design part 2

 

Friday, February 5  Section AA (video recording) 

Friday, February 5  Section AB (video recording) 

 

Tuesday, February 9  Surveys and survey research (video recording) (slides part 1) (slides part 2)

recommended preparation: 

Pew Research Center, Questionnaire Design

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on Google Trends and Coronavirus (you can either listen to the podcast or read the transcript)

 

Thursday, February 11  Descriptive and inferential statistics (video recording) (slides)

recommended preparation:  Molly Ott, Inferential Statistics

 

Friday, February 12  Section AA (video recording) 

Friday, February 12  Section AB (video recording) 

 

Part III:  Making Inferences about Politics

 

Tuesday, February 16  Hypothesis testing and inferential statistics (video recording) (slides part 1) (slides part 2)

recommended preparation:

Hypothesis Testing Problems

Daniel Stockemer and Rodrigo Praino, Blinded by Beauty:  Physical Attractiveness and Candidate Selection in the U.S. House of Representatives

 

 

Thursday, February 18  Linear regression, part 1 (video recording) (slides)

recommended preparation:

Brandon Foltz, Linear Regression:  The Very Basics

Brandon Foltz, Linear Regression, Algebra, Equations, and Patterns

Carlos Algara et al., The Interactive Effects of Scientific Knowledge and Gender on COVID-19 Social Distancing Compliance

 

Friday, February 19  Section AA (video recording) 

Friday, February 19  Section AB(video recording) 

 

Tuesday, February 23  Bivariate regression and multiple regression (video recording) (slides) 

Recommended preparation:

Brandon Fultz, Multiple Linear Regression:  The Very Basics

Brandon Fultz, Multiple Linear Regression:  Data Preparation

Christopher Ellis and Joseph Ura, Polarization and the Decline of Economic Voting in American National Elections

 

Thursday, February 25  Multiple regression (video recording) (note: the video recording only covers the first half of class; something went wrong with the recording for the second half) (slides) (the slides are complete for both the first and second halves of class)

recommended preparation:

Hannah Lukinovich et al., Trade-Induced Job Loss and Support for Free Trade

 

Friday, February 26  Section AA (video recording

Friday, February 26  Section AB (video recording

 

Monday, March 1  Section assignment #3, due at 8:00 PM

 

Tuesday, March 2  Experiments, part 1 (video recording) (slides)

 

Thursday, March 4  Experiments, part 2 (video recording) (slides)

recommended preparation:

Brandon Fultz, ANOVA, A Visual Introduction

 

Friday, March 5  Section AA (video recording) 

Friday, March 5  Section AB (video recording) 

 

Monday, March 8  Article review assignment, due at 8:00 PM  

 

Tuesday, March 9  Natural experiments, the comparative method, and case studies (video recording, which covers only the first part of class) (slides)

 

Thursday, March 11  What can go wrong in published research (video recording) (slides)

 

Friday, March 12  Section AA (video recording) (slides)

Friday, March 12  Section AB (video recording) (slides)

 

Thursday, March 18 at 4:30 PM  Final exam (not cumulative)

Catalog Description: 
Methodological perspectives of social science disciplines: commonalties and differences in assumptions, values, and paradigms. Current issues from the multiple perspective of social sciences; limits of the social sciences in resolving key social issues.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
December 3, 2020 - 2:27pm