In 2018 and 2019, I taught the Introduction to Empirical Methods course that is part of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, which is directed by Dr. Paula D. McClain. I would have done so again in 2020, but for the global pandemic. Due to the cancellation of the RBSI this year, I have converted the non-lab component of the course I would have taught into an online version.
The online version of this course comprises 4 recorded lectures separated into 40 modules ranging in length from 8 to around 45 minutes each, plus a brief introduction. All videos can be found on my YouTube channel in playlists by lecture, and the course has a Syllabus too. There are six slides for the four lectures, here: Lecture_1, Part_1, Lecture_1,_Part_2 , Lecture_2,_Part_1, Lecture_2,_Part_2, Lecture_3, and Lecture_4. Finally, I offer some additional Problem Sets with Solutions at the end, for extra practice. I have also added a fifth lecture, described in the syllabus and found on the same channel, that provides a brief introduction to game theory. It is targeted at those students who want to delve more deeply into theory generation, and its slides are here: Lecture_5.
Though the course is meant to cover the same material I normally do as part of the RBSI, nothing I teach is specific to the RBSI. The course is patterned largely on Kellstedt and Whitten’s undergraduate research methods text The Fundamentals of Political Science Research, with two exceptions. One, I cover the material very quickly. Two, I provide additional mathematical foundations for several topics, touching on vectors and matrices, as well as differentiation. I also have a separate “math camp” course available on the same YouTube channel.
I hope you find this course of use. Please feel free to leave comments below, or on the videos themselves, should you have them.