IRS 306: Logic and Methods of Political Inquiry

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. explore the various methods of data collection;
  2. demonstrate full knowledge of sampling techniques;
  3. carry out data presentation and data analysis in research;
  4. write a literature review and discover gaps in literature; and
  5. discover and articulate research findings.
Course Contents

The boundary of political studies. The various modes of political analysis with emphasis on scientific methods. The logic and language of inquiry. The problems of political evaluation and the sources of data with emphasis on survey, questionnaire construction, statistical association, scaling and content analysis together with the reporting of results. The various methods of Data collection, sampling techniques, Data presentation and analysis, hypothesis testing, literature review, gap in literature. Referencing.