Research and Writing
Political Science 379W.01
Office Location: AB1 319B
Office Phone/Email: (936) 294-1466, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Ts/T 2:00 – 3:30, MWF 10:00 – 11:30, or by appointment
This course has three primary objectives. First, students will learn research and writing skills including: how to locate, evaluate, and cite electronic and printed sources; how to conduct a literature review; and how to write proposals, reports, and papers. Second, students will gain knowledge of basic research methods and designs in the social sciences. Third, students will explore the history of federal regulation of research involving human subjects.
Janet Buttolph Johnson and H.T. Reynolds, Political Science Research Methods . 5 th edition 2005.
Assignment Portion of Final Grade
Take Home Exam 1 35%
Take Home Exam 2 35%
In-Class Exam 30%
Resume 0% (students who do not complete this assignment will fail the course)
Take Home Exams
The take home exams will consist of 2 questions relevant to class readings and lectures. The take home exams will be distributed in class 2 weeks before each take home exam is due in class. Specifications for take home exams: typed, single spaced, font no larger than 12, and 3 - 5 pages. The in-class exam will consist of multiple choice questions.
Students may submit late assignments only if they can provide formal documentation of a medical or family emergency. Late assignments will not be accepted if students fail to provide such documentation. Any student who submits an assignment late without the required documentation will receive a zero on the assignment. Please note that slips from the University Health Center are not considered acceptable documentation, unless the slip clearly indicates that the student was too ill to attend class.
Please see http://www.shsu.edu/syllabus for class policies regarding:
Academic Dishonesty , Classroom Rules of Conduct, Student Absences on Religious Holy Days, Students with Disabilities Policy, and Visitors in the Classroom.
SHSU Writing Center
Sam Houston Writing Center , located in Wilson 114, is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, and 2-7 p.m. on Sunday. Writing tutors are available to help students with writing. Students can call (936) 294-3680 to schedule an appointment.
Social Science Research Designs
Aug 22 - 24 Introduction
Aug 29 – 31 Chapter 2: Studying Politics Scientifically
Sep 5 - 12 Chapter 3: Research Design
Sept 14 - 21 Chapter 4: The Building Blocks
September 26 Take Home Exam 1 due
Sep 2 – Oct 5 Chapter 5: Conducting a Literature Review
Oct 10 - 17 Chapter 6: The Building Blocks
Oct 19 – 26 Chapter 7: Making Empirical Observations
October 31 Take Home Exam 2 due
Ethics and Research
Nov 2 Students must complete an online tutorial
Nov 7 Video: "EVOLVING CONCERN: Protection for Human Subjects"
Nov 9 Video: "BALANCING SOCIETY'S MANDATES: Criteria for Protocol Review"
Nov 14 "THE BELMONT REPORT: Basic Ethical Principles and Their Application "
Nov 21 – 24 Thanksgiving Break
Nov 28 – Dec 7 In class writing activities
Dec 14 8:00 – 10:00 In class exam and submission of resume