Jun 20, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [Archived Catalog]

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POLS 2800 - Analyzing Politics: Applied Statistics for Government, Public, and International Affairs


An introductory course analyzing a variety of political issues, government institutions and processes, and policy outcomes in U.S. and international politics using data analysis and applied statistics. The course covers how to organize data for analysis, describe data using measures of central tendency and dispersion, and use inferential statistics to interpret the political world. Using appropriate statistical software and other technology, students analyze, interpret, and present data from a variety of sources including polls, news media, government agencies, and various actors in public and international affairs.

Requisites: Math Placement Level 1 or higher or (MATH D004 or D005, or 1060, or 1200, or 1500) and (Warning: Not GEOG 2710)
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Constructed World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 1M
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMMSL Math/Stats/Logic
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:  

  • Students will be able to interpret and explain government, public, and international affairs presented in mathematical forms to the public.
  • Students will be able to represent government, public, and international affairs in mathematical forms.
  • Students will be able to calculate relevant statistics on government, public, and international affairs using statistical and mathematical methods.
  • Students will be able to apply quantitative evidence when analyzing data to support or reject their research hypotheses.
  • Students will be able to test the assumptions within their recommendations under different statistical methods, model specifications, and data structures.
  • Students will be able to communicate recommendations on government, public, and international affairs based on data analysis along with the caveats in the analysis.
  • Students will be able to apply standard procedures of statistical analysis to government, public, and international affairs, and generate logically coherent evaluations.
  • Students will be able to select specific government, public, and international affairs, analyze their limits and strengths based on statistical evidence, and explain how the identified limits and strengths affect the entire society.



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