Faculty of Arts


POLICY 769

Advanced Research Skills


Description

This course is an examination of quantitative methods of research design, execution, analysis and interpretation. The course will focus on data analysis methods using R and the benefits of employing multiple methods when utilising survey data such as the New Zealand Election Survey and the International Social Survey Programme. Students will also be introduced to the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), a large research database containing anonymised microdata about people and households. We will also cover opportunities and issues surrounding the use of the IDI for policy-relevant research.

The course requires the completion of independent research exercises, a quantitative research report and an essay on the use of the IDI.

Class limits for 2020: Enrolment is limited to 50 students. Students enrolled in the Master of Public Policy will be guaranteed a place. If places remain, other students will be enrolled in the following priority order:

  1. Postgraduate students in Politics and International Relations, ranked by GPA.
  2. All other students, identified by the Discipline Convenor as having sufficient background to enrol in the course, enrolled on a first-in, first enrolled basis.

Availability 2020

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

Lecturer(s) Dr Stephanie D'Souza

Reading/Texts


Recommended Reading


Points

POLICY 769: 15.0 points

Prerequisites


Corequisites


Restrictions

POLITICS 769, SOCIOL 701, SOCSCRES 702, 703


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