• We will study quantitative Empirical Political Science
Methodology: Main interest is on various political
phenomenon. Also we will learn methods used in political
science research, focus is on empirical data and test our
theory with data from the real world. We will examine a
large number o cases to test our theory.
• We will focus on all subfields of political science
except for political theory. i.e. Canadian Politics,
Comparative Politics and International Relations.
• We will also focus on Quantitative Empirical Political
Science Methodology. For example: We have a research
question, then develop a theory or hypothesis then we
examine whether the theory is right (Empirical Analysis).
An example might be “What causes War?” Theory may be
“Democracy is less prone to war” then we test the theory
by examining actual cases in the real world.
• 2 types of empirical research:
Qualitative Empirical Analysis:
Case Studies: We can examine a single case or few cases
Detailed historical account, field research, participant
observation, thick description, process-tracing
a. Quantitative Empirical Analysis: Does not
investigate a single case
We collect data on a large number of cases
Summarize information across a large number of cases by
quantifying relevant information (an important concept in
• Why Quantitative Reasoning? We would like to know
systematic empirical regularity of political phenomena of
our interest. Also we would like to test our theory and
build generalizable knowledge abou