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GOVERNMENT

GOVT-696
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

GOVT-696
001
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Introduction to Research Design

This course teaches students a range of methods of inquiry and how to design their own research projects. It covers a basic introduction to the philosophy of science, the construction and testing of theories through observation and experiments, design and validity of research questions, causal inference, operationalization and measurement of variables, and case selection and sampling issues. It also introduces students to a range of qualitative methods, including ethnographic case studies, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), and archival and media research to complement the quantitative methods students learn in other courses. Students critique research and write and present a project meeting professional standards in the social sciences.

GOVT-696
002
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Political Economy of Inequality in the Global South

Inequality has become a core theme of politics across much of the world. This course addresses why and for whom inequality matters, how it evolves in different settings, and competing explanations for changes in patterns of distribution. The course emphasizes how phenomena that on the surface may appear to be strictly economic are in fact inherently political in nature. This accounts for the emphasis on political economy. The following are among the questions addressed: How do political institutions shape distributive outcomes? What is the role of competing social and political actors in shaping these outcomes? To what extent does political regime type influence distribution? And how do structural characteristics of economies, and their insertion into global networks of production and trade, determine who among competing social actors emerge as winners and losers in the struggle to secure a greater portion of the pie? Meets with GOVT-496 002.