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208.3 sec. 1 - Public Opinion/Survey Research Methods (Fall 2011)
Instructor: Taeku Lee (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Tu 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont
Course Start: August 30, 2011
Course End: November 28, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49504
Opinion surveys are nearly ubiquitous in public life today. What are surveys, how do we conduct them, what can they tell us (and fail to tell us), and what is their relevance to legal and social research? This seminar is a skills-based workshop geared to train students to critically consume and generate survey data. Key topics we will cover include: the history of the concept of public opinion; historical approaches to survey research methods; the role of public opinion in the courts; understanding sampling theory and questionnaire design; learning about different modes of interviewing and alternatives to opinion surveys; reading texts that discuss public opinion and use survey data; primary analysis of survey data. Students are expected to work on a group project and a research paper for the class.
Some basic knowledge of statistics & probability theory is expected.
This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.
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