Methods


     

SPE313: Microeconomics and Public Policy (Auerbach)
This course is an introduction to microeconomic theory and its application to public policy analysis. You will learn basic, yet powerful analytical tools to understand and evaluate public policy problems. Topics covered include demand and supply analysis, consumer choice theory, the theory of the firm, input market analysis and the analysis of market structure.

SPE315: Game Theory (Staff)
Game theory is the analytic study of strategic interaction between individuals, firms, governments, or other groups of people. Game theory has been widely used in the study of economics, and more recently applied to a host of strategic political interactions in all areas of political science.

PP471: Decision Making Models (Abdollahian)
This course provides a basic introduction to formal models that can forecast policy decisions in the political arena. Approaches covered include expected utility, game theory and spatial modeling. Practical applications to real time decisions and negotiations will be undertaken in this class. The goal of this course is to prepare students understand and apply existing models to real world situations.

PP480: The Nature of Political Science Inquiry (Staff)
This seminar is designed to provide an introduction into the nature of empirical social science. It emphasizes the philosophical assumptions underlying the empirical observation of political phenomena, and the strategies for designing research that can provide empirical tests of theories about politics.

PP481: Quantitative Research Methods (Staff)
This course concentrates on the elements of research design and hypothesis testing, as well as the application of statistical techniques to social and political problems and data. Topics covered include sampling distributions and statistical probability, chi square, testing of the difference of means, analysis of variance, correlation and regression. Students complete a number of computer-based assignments.

PP482: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (Staff)
This is a course in regression analysis. Our attention will be focused partly on theoretical issues and partly on practical problems in applied regression. The dual aims of the course are to develop students' good taste as consumers of published quantitative research and to prepare them for more advanced study of econometric techniques.

PP483: Legal Research Methods (Blickenstaff)
This course teaches students how to find and analyze the law, and introduces them to computerized methods of legal research. Topics are presented weekly and assignments require research in legal libraries. The assignments are intended to develop clear analytical and legal writing.

PP485a: Dimensional Analysis: Measuring Social Indicators (Staff)
This course analyzes the wide range of quantitative information available on social conditions in the U.S. beginning with basis 1990 Census information. The course will also explore quantitative measures utilized in describing contemporary social problems and how they relate to the development of domestic public policy.

PP487: Computer Applications for Data Analysis (Abdollahian)

PP489: Special Topics in Methods (Staff)

PP489a: Special Topics in Methods: Advanced Game Theory (Staff)

PP489b: Special Topics: Other Topics (Staff)

 

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