Research techniques courses educate students about important skills used in the study of politics and social sciences. With the completion of each progressive course students can expect to become more familiar with the standards of excellence in academic research and writing. At the 2000-level and higher Political Science courses with a "0" as the second number have been designated as delivering primarily research techniques content. (note: applicable credit restrictions and prerequisites not shown -- see courses page for detailed information) Students enrolling in these and other Political Science courses are encouraged to follow our Political Science Style Guide when preparing essays.
2010 Research and Writing in Political Science: Provides an overview of the research and analysis skills used in Political Science. Students can expect to learn about library research, electronic data gathering, and the elements of strong essay writing which can be applied across disciplines in the social sciences. The "political" content will vary by instructor and will address more specific topics than those ordinarily covered in 2000-level Political Science courses. Qualifies as a Research/Writing course.
3010 Empirical Methods in Political Science: An introduction to basic concepts in the scientific approach to studying politics, and provides students with the fundamental skills for conducting empirical research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. These skills include how to construct a research project, and how to collect and analyze information.
Research Courses for Political Science Honours Candidates Only
The following courses are credits for the Honours Essay. These courses are supervised by any agreeable faculty member in the Department of Political Science. Students should consult with the Head and communicate with a faculty member to identify an appropriate supervisor.
4010 Honours Essay I: Develops independent research and writing skills through regular meetings with a research supervisor, the preparation of an approved research proposal, and the completion of a high quality draft of at least one section of the Honours essay. Students are expected to follow the Department's "Guidelines Governing Honours Essays". Prior to enrolling, and ideally a semester in advance, students should contact the Head of the Department to identify a potential supervisor.
4011 Honours Essay II: Building on skills developed in 4010, requires students to complete the writing of their Honours essay, including submitting a high quality complete draft before the midpoint of the semester, with the final complete document to follow soon afterwards. Students are expected to meet regularly with their research supervisor and to follow the Department's "Guidelines Governing Honours Essays".