Courses for Spring 2014:
PSC 200: Empirical Political Science
PSC 631: Advanced Quantitative Methods
PSC 101: Introduction to American Politics
Examines the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the political science subfield of American politics. Includes discussions of voter turnout, negative campaign advertising, party competition, representation, and the president's ability to impact policy.
PSC 103: Introduction to Comparative Politics
Focuses on examining the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the political science subfield of comparative politics. Includes discussion of democratization, executives, elections, and electoral institutions.
PSC 531: The Linear Model
This course examines the normal-linear model in detail, as well as some of its variants. Includes discussion of linking statistical models and substantive theory, estimating normal linear regression models, working with the inferences, generating confidence intervals to reflect the uncertainty in the point estimates of interest, and creating nice graphics to make your points in a compelling and honest manner.
Series of two 2.5 hours lectures given in the Special Topics in Political Methodology class in the Department of Political Science. Covered the key ideas of hierarchical modeling, including some discussion of Bayesian prior distributions. Focused on the theoretical intuition, computer implementation (including WinBUGS/JAGS), and presentation of results.