Learning Objectives

  1. Describe basic research concepts, including hypothesis, causality, and variables.
  2. Define quantitative methods and qualitative methods and the differences between them.
  3. Describe basic research methods, including correlation and regression analysis, case studies, and contextual analysis.
  4. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of both the quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  5. Delineate the importance of research methods in the study of political science.