Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2077: Data Analysis in Social Science II

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


Topic 1: Introduction: quantitative methods in social science

Topic 2: Sampling, measurement and data collection

Topic 3: Communicating data analysis

Topic 4: Descriptive statistics

Topic 5: Probability and sampling distributions

Topic 6: Point and interval estimation

Topic 7: Hypothesis testing

Topic 8: Introduction to regression analysis: bivariate regression

Topic 9: Multivariate regression

Topic 10: Basic regression diagnostics Topic 11: Brief overview of advanced techniques

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activity16.511 x 1.5 hour sessions of lectures and demonstration
Scheduled learning and teaching activity1010 x 1 hour computer lab sessions
Guided independent study50Time spent in computer lab undertaking data analysis for exercises.
Guided independent study73.5Completing required reading for lectures and computer lab sessions; exam preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).


Epstein, L. and C. Mershon. “Measuring Political Preferences.” American Journal of Political

Science, Vol. 40, No. 1. (1996), pp. 261-294.

Fish, S. “Islam and Authoritarianism.” World Politics, Vol. 55, (October 2002), pp. 4-37.

Jackman, R. “The Politics of Economic Growth in the Industrial Democracies, 1974-1980: leftist Strength or North Sea Oil?” The Journal of Politics, Vol. 49, No.1. (1987), pp. 242-256.

Treisman, D. “The Causes of Corruption: A Cross-National Study.” Journal of Public Economics,

Vol. 76, No. 3, (2000), pp. 399-457

Other Learning Resources

Handout from Fox, John. 1997. Applied Regression Analysis, Linear Models, and Related Methods.

Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.