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Last approved: Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:58:24 GMT

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Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

hornerwt
William
Horner
HornerWT@missouri.edu
573/882-6510
Political Science
Are you submitting this proposal on behalf of an instructor?
No
Instructor for whom you are submitting proposal:
hornerwt
William
Horner
HornerWT@missouri.edu
573/882-6510
Political Science
Subject Area’s Department Chair/Director:
drurya
A
Drury
drury@missouri.edu
573/884-3971
Dean of Arts & Science

Term for Proposal

 
Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

A&S
Political Science (POL_SC)
Political Science
3000W
3
 
90
Introduction to Political Research - Writing Intensive
This course is an introduction to the systematic analysis of political phenomenon. It examines the meaning of "explanation" and "causal reasoning." and research strategies designed to make valid causal inferences. The course overview experimental design, measurement, hypothesis formulation and testing, and the display of information, using substantive examples from two or more fields of political science for illustrative purposes. Graded on A-F basis only.
Social Science
Lecture/Standard with Discussion
A-F Only
Sophomore standing; C- or higher in STAT 1200, STAT 1300, STAT 1400, STAT 2200, or STAT 2500 or C- or higher in MATH 1300, MATH 1400, or MATH 1500.
 
 
 

Instructor Information

hornerwt
William
Horner
HornerWT@missouri.edu
573/882-6510
Political Science
(numbers only)
NTT Professor
113 Professional Building
Department of Political Science
Yes, but instructor doesn’t recall when or it has been longer than five years
 

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Graduate Student
Briefly describe the qualifications of the known graduate instructors, or planned qualifications if graduate instructors are still to be selected, bearing in mind that graduate students teaching honors courses should be advanced students with a record of excellent teaching.
 

Honors Course Information

 
 
Answer the questions below as they would apply to one section. For all other sections, provide similar information in the Additional Sections Information box below.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Writing Intensive Course Information

This is our "what is political science" research methods course. Every student who majors in Political Science must take this course. This course introduces students to the philosophy and practice of political science research.
There are two major goals of this course. The
rst is to have students become critical consumers of current
political science literature. The second (more ambitious) goal is for students in this course to develop
theories of politics, empirically test them, and eloquently discuss the results of their analysis. For illustrative
purposes, the class provides substantive examples from several
elds of political science (American politics,
international relations, comparative politics, and public policy). The goals of the course are to prepare
political science majors for the more analytical upper-level political science courses, to improve their research
skills, and to increase their ability to make valid causal statements about political events and behaviors.
 
Face-to-face
Self paced?

 
90
Should this course be considered for funding?
Yes
Large Enrollment Courses:
The class has several graduate assistants and have discussion sections. The class meets as a class twice a week and has graduate led discussion sections once a week.
Both the graduate students and I will grade written work.
We will have regular meetings to review grading and students will have grading rubrics created by me to standardize the grading of written work.

Writing Intensive Assignments

Pages
Literature Review
Three are three writing assignments. All will relate to a topic of the student's choosing that they will work on throughout the semester. If the three assignments are combined, it amounts to a research proposal. The first assignment is a literature review of previous work relevant to the student's topic.
Length of assignment:
6
me and the student's discussion section leader
6
the student's discussion section leader
12

Methodology
The second paper asks you to consider a political phenomenon and to define and defend an objective measurement of that phenomenon.
The intent is to learn how dicult it can be to operationalize and measure what we often consider commonly
observable. The second paper also requires you to consider certain types of methodological approaches
frequently used in political science and to evaluate how appropriate the methods are for given contexts.
The goal is to show how some methods are better under some circumstances, but that there is no "best"
methodology.
Length of assignment:
6
me and the student's discussion section leader
6
the student's discussion section leader
12

Data presentation
The third paper lets you create and evaluate quantitative data presentation (figures, tables, or statistics) in order to communicate information effectively to the reader (or hearer). You will locate and analyze data, create and perform an appropriate method of presentation, and discuss its relative merits.
Length of assignment:
6
me and the student's discussion section leader
6
the student's discussion section leader
12

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
18.00
Revisions:
18.00
36.00
 

Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
 
 
The writing assignments are all based on a research topic of the student's choosing. By their nature, they involve areas of inquiry that are subject to debate and multiple interpretations. Areas could include such topics as political participation, voting behavior, international relations, etc.
The papers are spaced evenly throughout the semester.
45
%
Exams to be comprised of essay and short answer questions (40%)
Quizzes and discussion section assignments (15%)
3
Meetings with the t.a.s before the semester begins and on a weekly basis. They will also attend the workshop.

Course Syllabus

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Administrative Information

Education and Social Sciences
 
 

Acknowledgement


Additional Comments

 
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:58:20 GMT): I have added POL_SC 3000, 01 with DSC 01A-01D to the Spring 2017 schedule of classes and cancelled the regular sections of POL_SC 3000 for Spring.
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