Political Science | Analyzing Politics
Y205 | 16769 | Ensley


This course is designed to be an introduction to the tools and
skills necessary to analyze politics. The skills discussed and
practiced will be valuable to anyone considering a major in
political science (or other social science discipline), future
profession in law, business, policy research, or community advocacy.
It is equally designed for those students who may not have decided
their future directions but are interested in being critical
consumers of the news media, political advertising, and other
sources of political information. We will be discussing such issues
as what is the nature of a hypothesis; how to understand causation;
the role of comparison in political analysis; how to understand,
interpret, and collect political information through polls and
surveys, focus groups, in-depth interviews, ethnographic
observation, and experimental research; and, how to interpret and
present information.