POLSCI 688 - Selected Topics in Political Science
Section: 001 Human Rights
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Political scientists are often interested in explaining concepts that are difficult if not impossible to observe. Examples of unobservable concepts include political knowledge, political ideology, democracy, respect for human rights, or inequality in developing countries. A key challenge for political scientists and social scientists generally, is creating models that can explain these concepts while also capturing the uncertainty associated with their measurement. This course will provide an introduction to measurement models generally with specific focus on Bayesian measurement models and measurement models that make use of text data and the relational data typical of social network analysis. The course will also emphasize the use of construct validity to assess new and existing measures in applied research. I motivate the development of the models introduced in this class with a discussion of the Bayesian perspective on the relationship between data and model parameters. This perspective is useful because it shifts the burden of validity from the primary source documentation and raw data to the model parameters that bind these diverse pieces of information together.

POLSCI 688 - Selected Topics in Political Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
21704
Open
15
 
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W 2:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
23459
Open
15
 
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W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
26962
Open
15
 
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M 9:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
23527
Open
15
 
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W 1:00PM - 3:30PM
005 (SEM)
P
25788
Open
15
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
26963
Open
20
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
27853
Open
14
 
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M 4:00PM - 6:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
32534
Open
15
 
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M 6:30PM - 8:30PM
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