Research Methods

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Research Methods

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course aims to provide you with a general road map of the scientific study of social
    inquiry. To that end, I have the following main goals in this course. First, we will focus on
    establishing the central role of causal explanation in social science. It is important to understand
    that any substantive research, whether it uses mathematical modeling, quantitative
    analysis, or qualitative studies, remains incomplete unless it is grounded in a sound theoretical
    understanding of causation and other related concepts. Second, while there are different
    research models and approaches, we will concentrate on one of them: statistical explanation.
    We will study how to do original statistical research using, for example, cross tabulation or
    linear regression and how to understand and critique the empirical work done by other social
    scientists. Note: We will not have separate lab sessions but the course involves the intensive
    use of statistical softwares such as R or STATA.

    Required texts:
    ? Kellstedt, Paul M. and Guy D. Whitten. 2013. The Fundamentals of Political Science
    Research. Cambridge University Press.
    ? Phillip H. Pollock. 2011. The Essentials of Political Analysis. 4th Edition. Congressional
    Quarterly Press, Washington, D.C.
    Recommended texts:
    ? Daniel Little. 1991. Varieties of Social Explanation: An Introduction to the Philosophy.
    ? King Gary, Robert Keohane, and Sidney Verba. 1994. Designing Social Inquiry:
    Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton.

    The required books are not currently available at the bookstore; I recommend purchasing
    them online at, for example, amazon. Other professional articles not included in these books
    can be found on the web through JSTOR, ProQuest, and Wilson.

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