Political Science and Public Policy OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Level Statistics Class for Political Science Students

Published Feb 02, 2009

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'Quantitative Research in Political Science and Public Policy' is a free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This course introduces students to statistical models and methods for political science research. Students pursuing a master's in political science or studying public policy or urban studies may find this graduate-level course to be beneficial.

Political Science and Public Policy: Course Specifics

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Political Science and Public Policy: Course Description

This free OpenCourseWare, developed by Professor Stephen Ansolabehere, focuses on mathematical methods used for social science research, including probability theory. Throughout this course, students are taken through useful steps in working with political science statistics. At the beginning of the course, basic tools of mathematics are reviewed. Students use these tools to look at statistical theories and models in order to solve problem sets with real-life examples. The goal of this free OpenCourseWare is to understand and utilize the process for gathering data and using models for statistical research. Students will need to purchase STRATA statistical software in order to complete the problem sets. They should also be able to view Microsoft Excel files. This course is offered through the Political Science Department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

'Quantitative Research in Political Science and Public Policy' OpenCourseWare includes a syllabus, lecture notes, assignments, exams and a reading list. If you're interested in taking this free online course, visit the political science statistical research course page.

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