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17.801 Political Science Scope and Methods

Prereq: None
U (Fall)
12 Units. HASS-S

Introduces principles of empirical and theoretical analysis in political science through research projects currently conducted in the department. Different department faculty lead modules that introduce students to major research questions and different ways of examining those questions. Emphasizes how this research in progress relates to larger themes, and how researchers confront obstacles to inference in political science. Includes substantial instruction and practice in writing (with revision) and oral presentations. Intended primarily for majors and minors.

C. Lawson

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Political Science (Course 17)

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General Institute Requirements (GIRs) The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below. Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects Science Requirement 6 Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement [between two and five subjects can inform the Departmental Program]; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8 Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement 2 Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 17.803 in the Departmental Program] 1 Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17 Physical Education Requirement Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points. Departmental Program Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.