Karen Long Jusko

Doing Political Science

Honors Thesis Seminar

Politics and Geography

The Politics and Economics of Modern Europe

Comparative Political Analysis


POLISCI 151A: Doing Political Science (2008) (2010)

This course is about evaluating the quality of our answers to political and social science research questions, and introduces fundamental topics in research design, choice of method, and data analysis. Although the material introduces concepts that are relevant to both quantitative and qualitative research methods, this course emphasizes quantitative research and provides an introduction to basic statistical analysis (but should not be viewed as a substitute for statistical training). At the successful completion of the course, students will be well-prepared to conduct independent research.

POLISCI 299Q: Honors Thesis Seminar (2013)

This course is intended for students in the Department of Political Science's Research Honors Track.

POLISCI 344: Politics and Geography (2008) (2010)

(Taught jointly with Jonathan Rodden). This course introduces students to basics techniques for the exploration of political and economic geography while covering a range of substantive themes. Students will learn to produce and analyze maps and learn the basics of spatial data analysis, and apply these skills to a range of exciting questions at the intersection of political and economic geography.

POLSCI 412: The Economics and Politics of Modern Europe (2014)

(Taught jointly with Judy Goldstein). What are the implications of European integration for social and economic policy and outcomes? In this course, we examine how EU membership has altered the democratic politics of Europe, with a special focus on policymaking during Europe's most recent financial crisis.

POLSCI 440C: Comparative Political Analysis (2008) (2009) (2010)

(Taught jointly with David Laitin in 2008 and 2010). This seminar has two purposes. First, it introduces graduate students in comparative politics to current methodological standards. Second, it requires students to develop their own research design that meets those standards.