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Undergraduate Research Methods Teaching in Political Science: A Comparative Perspective
Unformatted Document Text:  Results Table 1: Quantitative Methods Modules Number of Quantitative Methods Modules .0 .5 1.0 2.0 Total Mean Number of Modules Australia Departments 12 0 0 0 12 0.0 % 100% 0% 0% 0% Canada Departments 34 0 9 0 43 0.2 % 79% 0% 21% 0% Finland Departments 6 0 0 1 7 0.3 % 86% 0% 0% 14% Netherlands Departments 2 0 3 3 8 1.1 % 25% 0% 38% 38% Norway Departments 3 2 1 0 6 0.3 % 50% 33% 17% 0% Spain Departments 3 0 6 3 12 1.0 % 25% 0% 50% 25% Sweden Departments 13 0 1 0 14 0.1 % 93% 0% 7% 0% United States Departments 65 1 8 2 76 0.2 % 86% 1% 11% 3% The results for quantitative methods appear very low across most countries with the exceptions of the Netherlands and Spain. Only these two countries consistently require quantitative training as part of an undergraduate political science degree. Norway demands quantitative methods in half of its degrees, but the requirements are comparatively much lower in credit value. The results slightly underestimate quantitative coursework taken by students in countries with liberal arts traditions that often require students to take math outside of the major as more general requirements, particularly in the United States and, to a lesser extent, Canada. However, these courses are not necessarily geared towards 9

Authors: Parker, Jonathan.
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Results
Table 1: Quantitative Methods Modules
Number of Quantitative Methods
Modules
.0
.5
1.0
2.0
Total
Mean
Number
of
Modules
Australia
Departments
12
0
0
0
12
0.0
%
100%
0%
0%
0%
Canada
Departments
34
0
9
0
43
0.2
%
79%
0%
21%
0%
Finland
Departments
6
0
0
1
7
0.3
%
86%
0%
0%
14%
Netherlands
Departments
2
0
3
3
8
1.1
%
25%
0%
38%
38%
Norway
Departments
3
2
1
0
6
0.3
%
50%
33%
17%
0%
Spain
Departments
3
0
6
3
12
1.0
%
25%
0%
50%
25%
Sweden
Departments
13
0
1
0
14
0.1
%
93%
0%
7%
0%
United States
Departments
65
1
8
2
76
0.2
%
86%
1%
11%
3%
The results for quantitative methods appear very low across most countries
with the exceptions of the Netherlands and Spain. Only these two countries
consistently require quantitative training as part of an undergraduate political science
degree. Norway demands quantitative methods in half of its degrees, but the
requirements are comparatively much lower in credit value.
The results slightly underestimate quantitative coursework taken by students
in countries with liberal arts traditions that often require students to take math outside
of the major as more general requirements, particularly in the United States and, to a
lesser extent, Canada. However, these courses are not necessarily geared towards
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