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7SSPP107 Quantitative Methods in Political Economy (Module)

Module description

This module aims to equip students with quantitative data analysis techniques. The module consists of understanding the main ideas, principles and statistical techniques broadly used in political economy research. The module is intermediate in terms of level of difficulty and it is mostly devoted to understanding regression analysis. It is assumed that students taking this module already have some basic knowledge of regression analysis and inferential statistics although these topics will be covered in the first sessions. The module has a practical focus and is based on the use of STATA. Students are not expected to have familiarity with such software. In this sense, practical training will be provided through hands-on workshop sessions where empirical and real survey data would be analysed using statistical package Stata. This course is NOT meant for students who have taken any prior intermediate or advance modules in statistical analysis and/or Stata. Students who have never been exposed to statistics or have had limited training on quantitative methods are welcome to join the module as long as they understand the expected pace of the lectures and seminars.

*Please note module information is indicative and may change from year to year.  

Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

  • Weekly 2-hour lectures
  • Several 2-hour pc lab seminars in various teaching weeks

Module assessment - more information

  • Problem Set (30%)
  • Three Hour Practical Test - PC Lab (30%)
  • Three Hour Examination (40%)

Key information

Module code 7SSPP107

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework practical/s written examination/s

Credit value 20

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No