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Undergraduate Research Methods Teaching in Political Science: A Comparative Perspective
Unformatted Document Text:  applications in political science and a particular course is rarely required for all students so these results still provide a fair representation of quantitative training required for the discipline. Levels of training in more general research methods appear stronger. Half the countries in this survey require at least one module of research methods in a majority of political science programs. Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden require students in over two-thirds of departments to take a minimum of one full module. Norway requires students in two-thirds of departments to take research methods, but one third of its programs require only half a module in credit. The United States, Canada, and Australia stand out for the consistent lack of required research methods training in most political science programs. 10 Table 2: Research Methods Modules Number of Research Methods Modules .0 .5 1.0 2.0 3.0 6.0 9.0 Total Universities Mean Australia Departments 9 0 1 1 1 0 0 12 0.5 % 75% 0% 8% 8% 8% 0% 0% Canada Departments 34 0 6 3 0 0 0 43 0.3 % 79% 0% 14% 7% 0% 0% 0% Finland Departments 2 0 3 1 1 0 0 7 1.1 % 29% 0% 43% 14% 14% 0% 0% Netherlands Departments 1 0 1 2 2 1 1 8 3.3 % 13% 0% 13% 25% 25% 13% 13% Norway Departments 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 6 0.5 % 33% 33% 33% 0% 0% 0% 0% Spain Departments 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 12 1.9 % 0% 0% 17% 75% 0% 0% 0% Sweden Departments 3 0 7 4 0 0 0 14 1.1 % 21% 0% 50% 29% 0% 0% 0% United States Departments 53 1 21 1 0 0 0 76 0.3 % 70% 1% 28% 1% 0% 0% 0%

Authors: Parker, Jonathan.
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applications in political science and a particular course is rarely required for all
students so these results still provide a fair representation of quantitative training
required for the discipline. Levels of training in more general research methods
appear stronger.
Half the countries in this survey require at least one module of research
methods in a majority of political science programs. Finland, the Netherlands, Spain,
and Sweden require students in over two-thirds of departments to take a minimum of
one full module. Norway requires students in two-thirds of departments to take
research methods, but one third of its programs require only half a module in credit.
The United States, Canada, and Australia stand out for the consistent lack of required
research methods training in most political science programs.
10
Table 2: Research Methods Modules
Number of Research Methods Modules
.0
.5
1.0
2.0
3.0
6.0
9.0
Total
Universities
Mean
Australia
Departments
9
0
1
1
1
0
0
12
0.5
%
75%
0%
8%
8%
8%
0%
0%
Canada
Departments
34
0
6
3
0
0
0
43
0.3
%
79%
0%
14%
7%
0%
0%
0%
Finland
Departments
2
0
3
1
1
0
0
7
1.1
%
29%
0%
43%
14%
14%
0%
0%
Netherlands Departments
1
0
1
2
2
1
1
8
3.3
%
13%
0%
13%
25%
25%
13%
13%
Norway
Departments
2
2
2
0
0
0
0
6
0.5
%
33%
33%
33%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Spain
Departments
0
0
2
9
0
0
0
12
1.9
%
0%
0%
17%
75%
0%
0%
0%
Sweden
Departments
3
0
7
4
0
0
0
14
1.1
%
21%
0%
50%
29%
0%
0%
0%
United
States
Departments
53
1
21
1
0
0
0
76
0.3
%
70%
1%
28%
1%
0%
0%
0%


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