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Experiments

Course Code :2700FSWEXP
Study domain:Political Sciences
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st/2nd semester
Contact hours:12
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st and/or 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Julie Sevenans

3. Course contents *

Experimentation is currently booming in political science and our discipline is quickly becoming experimental. In this research module you will first learn about the logic of experimentation, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of experimentation more generally and in political science more specifically. We will explain where experimentation comes from and what can and what cannot be done drawing on experimental designs, and illustrate this with examples from the political science literature. Students will then get assistance in designing their own experiments (in small groups) and in judging the assets and weaknesses of each other's designs. Finally, after effectively implementing one of the experiments, students will learn how to adequately analyze the experimental data. At the end of the module, students should be able to fully develop, implement and analyze their own experimental research designs.