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Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Butler Hall, Room G132
I am available to meet with students Tuesdays and Fridays, with no appointment necessary, in my office in Ireton Hall G112, between 9:45 and 11:45. To meet with me at other times, please make an appointment by choosing one of the open slots on this calendar. (You must be logged in to gmail or Marymount email. Scroll to the right to see future weeks.) All meetings are in my office, Ireton G108.
The required textbook is available for purchase at the bookstore or any online retailer.
Janet Buttolph Johnson, H. T. Reynolds, and Jason D. Mycoff. 2011. Political Science Research Methods, 7th Edition. CQ Press. ISBN: 978-1608716890.
Each assignment will receive a letter grade. Course grades will be based on a weighted average of the following. Specific assignments and grading criteria will be discussed in class and posted online September 4. I strongly urge to meet with me prior to due dates to discuss approaches to these assignments.
There are two ungraded but mandatory course requirements:
Papers will be marked down one point for each day (or fraction of a day) late. Any paper may be rewritten for partial credit, but the grade after revision cannot exceed a B-.
Friday, September 27, 2013, is the last day to withdraw from a class without academic record.
Friday, November 1, 2013, is the last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of W.
I may, at my discretion, check any written assignments for plagiarism at any time during or after the semester, using electronic or other means. Students found violating the Marymount principles of Academic Integrity will fail the course and be formally charged through the University’s Academic Integrity process. By accepting this syllabus and enrolling in the course, students acknowledge that they have reviewed the University’s standards of academic integrity.
Course Schedule and Readings
Class meets every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Butler Hall, Room G132. Reading assignments should be completed before the class session under which they are listed. Chapters refers to chapters in the textbook Political Science Research Methods, 7th Edition. Students must bring the book to class every day. Students who have laptop or tablet computers should bring them to class whenever possible.
Project overview, discussion of scope, and writing review
September 4 (class ends at 11:00 a.m. today)
The systematic study of politics
Read chapters 1 and 2
Read chapter 3
September 18 (class ends at noon for Constitution Day lunch)
Analysis and the role of theory
Read chapter 4
Topic paragraph due
Discussion of deduction and reason
Assignment #1 due
October 2 - Meet in library classroom
The nature of observation
Read chapter 5
Topic overview due
Read chapter 6
Assignment #2 due
Mandatory one-on-one meetings scheduled between October 10 and 15
Book review due October 18
Understanding claims about large groups of observations
Read chapter 7
Bibliographic outline due October 28
Understanding claims about small groups of observations
Read chapter 8
Read chapter 9
Draft due November 11
Review #1 due November 12
Draft evaluations and review
Review #2 due November 19
Draft evaluations and review
Mandatory one-on-one meetings scheduled between December 2 and 6
Discussion of presentation
Read chapter 15
Deadline for extra credit reviews December 6
December 11, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Final Paper due December 15