Class Restriction And Registration Summary


POLS 30111 - Section 01: Data and Politics (CRN 19854)

Course Description:
Sherlock Holmes famously said in the Adventure of the Copper Beeches, "Data! Data! Data! I can't make bricks without clay." Similarly, it is hard to understand our world without data?big or small. Data allows us to look for patterns and trends, to test for relationships, and to make predictions. This course is all about data and how we can use it to understand politics and social phenomena in general. We will learn various approaches to data gathering and analysis, ranging from public opinion survey, experimental methods, unobtrusive measures, machine learning, to social networks analysis. Our assignments and exams will test both students' knowledge of the methods and ability to do basic analysis. While preexisting knowledge of statistical methods is not required, a willingness to learn statistics and programming (especially with R) is crucial. In terms of substance, while we will also discuss topics such as consumer behavior (think Netflix and Amazon), our foci will be on political behavior and religious behavior. Our focus on political behavior will include voting behavior, representation/redistricting, and political campaigns; whereas our focus on religious behavior will include religious violence, terrorism, and interreligion cooperation. Naturally, we will also discuss how the two foci are related both in the U.S. and around the world. This course counts as a methodology course for departmental honors.

Associated Term: Fall Semester 2018
Campus: Main
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course may not be repeated

Course Syllabus
POLS 30111 Data and Politics

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Employee Non-Degree (EM) ,  St. Mary's College (SM) ,  Undergraduate Non-Degree (UD) ,  Undergraduate (UG)
Must be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
Main (M)

Course Attributes:
MPPE -Minor in Phil, Pol &Econ ,  ZTST - Final exam

Registration Availability (Overflow: Off )
  Maximum Actual Remaining
TOTAL 19 10 9