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Researching International Politics: Quantitative Methods - JPM628
Anglický název: Researching International Politics: Quantitative Methods
Zajišťuje: Katedra mezinárodních vztahu (23-KMV)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2019
Semestr: zimní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (90)Rozvrh není zveřejněn, proto je tento údaj pouze informativní a může se ještě měnit.
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
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Garant: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Neslučitelnost : JPM285, JPM303
Záměnnost : JPM285, JPM303
Je prerekvizitou pro: JPM629
Anotace -
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (26.10.2019)
The updated (2019) syllabus is now online.

The purpose of this course is introduce the students of international relations and security studies to political research methods, and specifically to their quantitative branch. Somewhat less formally, students will learn how to create or collect quantitative political data and how to use them to solve practical and/or theoretical political problems. Quantitative data -- information about political phenomena captured and summarized in numbers -- is available literally on every corner, waiting just to be collected and analyzed. In this class, students get the chance to learn how to do it. Being familiar with quantitative methods enables one to make policy decisions on the basis of a solid analysis of hard(er) empirical evidence, and to conduct systematic inquiry into the nature of international political and security phenomena. Last but not least, knowing quantitative methods enables one not be fooled by others when they try to support their arguments with lousy but seemingly sophisticated (because quantitative) analysis. The class does not assume any prior knowledge of statistics or mathematics, essentially beyond elementary school. It does assume, however, a good deal of motivation on the part of students, as the learning curve may be somewhat steeper for some of the students. The powerful (yet free) statistical package called R will be used in the class, in combination with the interface RStudio. Students are well advised to attend all classes and to keep up with the assigned readings as the material covered is highly cumulative.

Note that the course does not have a seminar in the classical sense (work in smaller groups). For practical reasons, short instruction videos are provided to students to guide them in their work with the statistical software. This course is complemented by the course Researching international politics: qualitative methods, that runs in Summer semester.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (24.10.2019)

The specific objectives of the course are:

  • to help students understand and appreciate the most important components of research design
  • to help students understand the key principles of causal inference and the way statistics can help them in it
  • to help students understand and use the key tools of descriptive statistics
  • to help students understand and use basic tools of inferential statistics, including linear regression analysis
  • to help students appreciate the possibilities stats give them for their own future careers (or academic research)
Literatura -
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (26.10.2019)

Literature for this course is listed in the attached course syllabus.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (24.10.2019)

The course consists of weekly lectures/seminars. Attendance is highly recommended, although strictly speaking this is not a formal requirement.

Požadavky ke zkoušce -
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (26.10.2019)

Successful completion of this course requires first and foremost active interest in the subject matter. On the formal level, this means you should:regularly attend the lectures and seminars (highly recommended, not a formal requirement)

  • read carefully the required textbook readings and do the quizzes based on these readings (always available on the course Moodle site, altogether 20%)
  • do all the problem sets that help you understand and familiarize yourself with the material covered in each of the classes (always available on the course Moodle site, altogether 30%)
  • take the mid-term test (20% of grade)
  • take the final test or deliver a short report on own data analysis (30% of the grade)    
  • obtain more than 50% of the points from the mid-term and the final review combined (i.e. more than 25 points out of the 50 points available from the mid-term (20) and the final (30) review)
  • actively participate in the discussion fora on Moodle (up to 5% bonification)


The following grading scheme is applied:

  • 100-91: A
  • 90-81: B
  • 80-71: C
  • 70-61: D
  • 60-51: E
  • 50 or less: F (fail)


Please note that as much as 50% of the grade is based on your regular assignments during the semester. This means your final grade will build up over the entire course in a very cumulative manner. Having said that, doing well on the mid-term test and on the final test or own final data analysis is equally important.

At the end of the course, students have a choice between taking a final test or conducting own data analysis and writing a short report on that. In general, taking the final test is likely to require somewhat lower time of preparation. However, I recommend that students who would like to continue using and applying quantitative methods conduct the data analysis. In other words, if students feel that they might want to employ quantitative approaches also in the future - be it for their theses or later on in their professional careers - I highly recommend that they prepare the data analysis rather than 'just' taking the test.

The grading scheme is designed so that everyone who regularly prepares himself/herself for the classes will have no problem passing. The relatively benevolent grading scheme notwithstanding, please note that this course does require continuous work. If one loses track of what is happening in the course, it may be extremely difficult to catch up. So students should understand that continuous work on the assignments and the readings is a necessary condition for the success in this course. %On the other hand, if one is able to do well on the weekly homework, one is more than likely to score very well also on the tests.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (03.09.2019)
  1. Introduction and motivation; (quantitative) research as seeking answers to the right questions
  2. Research design, inference, and causality
  3. Data, data, data: measurement theory, measuring things, levels of measurement
  4. Data, data, data in practice
  5. Key descriptive statistics: measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion
  6. Probability; standard normal distribution, binomial distribution
  7. Statistical inference and hypothesis testing
  8. T-test (testing the difference between two groups) and experiments
  9. Categorical and ordinal variables analysis: Cross-tabs and chi-square; measures of association
  10. Bivariate regression, principles, assumptions, and fit
  11. Multiple regression
  12. Model specification, interactions, and what's next
 
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