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Code SPS 311
Term 201701
Title Research Methods
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Social & Political Sci.(SPS)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 7.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Kerem Y?ld?r?m,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
SPS102 SPS101
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Project based learning

Statistical reasoning and techniques used by social researchers to summarize data and test hypotheses. Topics include describing data collection, sampling measurement, distributions, cross-tabulations, scaling, probability,correlation/regression and non-parametric tests.


This course is designed as an initiation into social science research. As an introduction we focus on questions like: why bother with scientific thinking? What differentiates scientific thinking from its competitors? Where do concepts and theories come from? What is a variable and how do we make sure that it accomplishes the tasks we hope that it would accomplish? How does one go about finding a research topic and designing an inquiry and actually conducting the research and presenting its findings? From the initial steps of formulating a question, designing a convincing way to answer it and then moving into measurement one gets ready to prepare a description of the state of affairs and/or testing a hypothesis by inferential means. We accordingly cover the basic descriptive and inferential statistics as a means for analyzing data.

Learning Outcome

On completion of the module, students should be able to
a) Formulate research questions and hypotheses.
b) Collect, use and analyze data for a specific research project.
c) Apply some social science methods in actual research as well as understanding and criticizing the methods used in other studies.
d) Identify a solid research design.
e) Describe what is meant by a research design, research question, hypothesis, measurement and literature review.
f) Identify various research methods and approaches.
g) Develop skills to use qualitative and quantitative methods
h) Formulate a research design
i) Develop a critical approach in evaluating methodology

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 3
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 5
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 2
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 3
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
International Studies Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives. 4
2 Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs. 3
3 Compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging global institutions. 4
4 Evaluate the international political events and present their views and positions on international affairs with advanced oral and written skills. 5
Political Science Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 4
2 Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 25
Exam 10
Term-Paper 20
Participation 10
Recommended or Required Reading

W. Lawrence Neuman, 2006 (6th edition). Social Research Methods, Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Pearson Education Inc.


Geddes, Barbara, 1991, A Game Theoretic Model of Reform in Latin American Democracies, American Political Science Review, Vol. 85, No. 2, pp. 371-392.
Kellstedt, Paul M. and Guy D. Whitten. 2009. The Fundamentals of Political Science Research. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 2.
Fiorina, Morris P. 1975. Formal Models in Political Science. American Journal of Political Science. 19(1): 133-59.
Munck, Gerardo L. And Jay Verkuilen. 2002. Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy, Evaluating Alternative Indices, Comparative Political Studies, 35 (1)
Geddes, Barbara. 1990. How The Cases You Choose Affect The Answers You Get: Selection Bias in Comparative Politics. Political Analysis. 2(1): 131-50.
Marx, Anthony W. 1996. ?Race-Making and the Nation-State? World Politics, 48.2, 180-208.
Auyero, Javier. 2001. Poor Peoples Politics: Peronist Survival Networks and the Legacy of Evita. Duke University Press. Introduction and Conclusions.
Levitsky, Steven. 2003. Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 1.
Wantchekon, Leonard. 2003. Clientelism and voting behavior: Evidence from a field experiment in Benin. World Politics, 55, 399-422
Carko?lu, Ali. 2008. Ideology or Economic Pragmatism: Profiling Turkish Voters in 2007, Turkish Studies 9:2 (June): 317-344.
Kemahlioglu, Ozge. 2009. ?Particularistic Distribution of Investment Subsidies under Coalition Governments: The Case of Turkey? Comparative Politics. Vol. 40, Number 2.
Johnson, Janet Buttolph and H.T. Reynolds. 2008. Political Science Research Methods. CQ Press. Chapter 11-13