The main purpose of this course is to teach student to understand the basics steps in the research process. We begin with an explanation of research design so that students can see how a research question may be answered. Once the framework for research is established the students will learn some basic statistics for describing variables and the relationships between variables. The rest of the course will provide students with useful tools for engaging in empirical research and understanding literature that uses empirical methods. Students will learn how to think about theoretical problems in terms of statistical models, and will add bivariate statistics, content analysis, grounded theory analysis and linear regression to their methodological toolbox.
Much of this course will involve learning statistical methods and computer software and applying them using real-world data. To understand the routines we ask the computer to perform for us, yet a tolerance for algebra and computer software will be a necessity.
This class requires a lot of effort and concentration by the student. It is really important that you keep up with the readings, attend class regularly, and start working on the assignments well ahead of time.
This course is taught by Dr. Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom
Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom is a Senior Lecturer (U.S. Associate Professor) at the Department of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in comparative political behavior and political psychology. Her research examines the role of religiosity, morality, and values in political behavior. She is the director of the Political Psychology Laboratory, holds the Carmi Gillon Lectureship in Political Science, and a recipient of several grants and fellowships including the Marie Curie Grant from the European Union and grants from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Her work appears in the leading venues of the field, such as The American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Political Studies, Political Psychology and Political Behavior.