Teaching - Classes:
Advanced Statistical Analysis
The module will introduce you to more advanced statistical models applied in the social sciences, and develop skills from PIED2711 in the preparation and analysis of numerical data. The module will focus on the use of multivariate regression models for different types of outcome, and consolidate knowledge and application of the Stata package in implementing these tests. By the end of the module, you will a) understand the bases to different statistical tests based on functional form; b) understand more complex specifications of independent variables; c) be familiar with the concepts of multi-level models, longitudinal data and spatial regression, and understand their simplest application; d) be able to implement common multivariate techniques to large-scale data using the Stata package; d) be capable of commenting on and explaining other researchers’ statistical models; e) have an understanding of applied analysis which can be used in a range of employment sectors.
American Constitutional Law
Student in this course will develop a broad and general knowledge of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and a number of the more important Supreme Court cases affecting American jurisprudence. Students will also learn the value of their civil rights and liberties, the legal struggles that have made them possible, and the relative simplicity with which these rights and liberties can be taken away or restricted.
The American Judicial Process
The purpose of this course is to examine how the judicial branch functions and how it is organized. By the end of the course one will see how the judicial branch fits into the wider American political system. In other words, how does politics influence decisions reached in the courts and how do the courts influence politics? In order to answer this question, students will examine the interaction between the states and the national government, how the judicial branch interacts with the executive and legislative branches, and the impact the judicial branch has on the public. Further, we will look at how judges themselves answer the above questions.
American National Government
This class investigates the theoretical foundations of and the policymaking process in American national government. There is an emphasis on political behavior and civil rights and civil liberties while also exploring the presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the bureaucracy. The final portion of the class will be dedicated to a discussion of political polarization and the culture war.
Analysing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations
The module is designed with the goal of introducing students to different quantitative methodologies used by social scientists and policy researchers. Using datasets relevant to Politics, International Relations and Development, students are taken from a level of standard numeracy to understanding and applying technically advanced statistical methods, including regression analysis. The module moves from basic descriptive analysis through measures of association, to multivariate techniques. The module will also introduce students to the best ways of presenting their quantitative findings. The skills developed on the module should be applicable both for academic research, and in subsequent careers where data analysis is applicable. This module serves as a compulsory second-year component of the Q-Step quantitative pathway and as an elective.
Authority and Obedience
Current Syllabus and Handbook
Since World War II, social science has attempted to explain why many individuals submit to authority regardless of the atrocities such may instigate. This obedience is repeatedly demonstrated throughout history in countless horrific and genocidal acts. In this class, authority and obedience will be examined from scientific, theoretical, and fictional perspectives. Students will discuss the general implications, both positive and negative, of authority and obedience and what these implications mean for modern society.
Comparative politics involves two separate yet integrated components: students of comparative politics compare the nature of politics and political processes across different political systems, and study how and why we make these comparisons. As such, this course is organized along both theoretical and substantive lines, looking at broad patterns across numerous countries and taking advantage of case studies to provide context and example.
This course is designed to introduce major concepts and issues in the comparative study of politics and government. By the end of the course, you will 1) understand the value in comparing political behaviour and institutions; 2) understand the logic of comparative political analysis – how social and political scientists create and test theories about political life; 3) be familiar with the basic varieties of political institutions, processes, and cultures in the world; and 4) possess a basic understanding of how and why some political systems are more democratic than others.