POL269 Political Data Research

School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

Welcome to POL269 Political Data Research. My name is Dr Javier Sajuria and I am the convenor of this module. The module is co-taught with Dr Sofia Collignon.

Module overview

This module provides essential research training in the use of quantitative methods in the political and social sciences. We introduce you to how we use quantitative data to learn about the political world, by teaching you the theory behind quantitative data analysis and giving you hands-on experience in using the statistical software R. The course is, therefore, particularly useful for those interested in a future career in data analytics or in becoming critical consumers of quantitative research. The module caters to students from diverse academic disciplines and adopts a practical approach to learning, with weekly computer tutorials.

The module covers descriptive statistics, data visualisation, data access, probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, inferential statistics and linear regression. Students will be introduced to the R statistical software and work with data used in current academic research.

Teaching, both lectures and tutorials, will be delivered online via QMPlus.

Advice and Feedback Hours

Please make use of our advice and feedback hours!

My advice and feedback hours are Tuesday 10.00-11.00 and by appointment. You can book your slot via Calendly. These meetings will take place in my office (ArtsOne 2.29) or onlive via Teams