Introduction to the methodological principles and, issues in political science research, using, readings within and beyond political science., Identifying variables and mechanisms, developing, and testing theories, collecting and measuring, data, and assessing a study's ability to achieve, causal inference. Introduction to different, approaches to research, including experiments,, case studies, and regression analysis. Strongly, recommended for sophomores or juniors who have, declared a POLS major, as this course is a, prerequisite for thesis and some senior capstone, courses.