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Quantitative Research Methods


Lecturer: Dr. Jaroslaw Kantorowics


In their volume, Models, Numbers & Cases Sprinz and Wolinsky-Nahmias, state that by the late 1990s 43 percent of articles in leading international relations journals relied on quantitative methods, exceeding historical-descriptive studies, case studies, and formal modeling. The percentage has likely risen since then, but is already high enough so that any student of international relations must be familiar with such methods in order to read professional journals. In this course we will examine some of important research questions within international relations that have been analyzed with quantitative methods.

Course objectives

Participants will learn some of the basic tools of quantitative analysis, up to and including regression analysis. Students will also learn to put their new knowledge into practice by carrying out their own analysis using quantitative methods.

Timetable On the MIRD frontpage of the E-guide you will find a link to the timetable.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, class discussion, self-study (including homework assignments)

Course Load

5 EC

Assessment method

  • short assignment I (25 percent),

  • short assignment II (20 percent),

  • short assignment III (20 percent),

  • short assignment IV (25 percent),

  • class participation (10 percent).


Information relevant to this course will be made available on the Blackboard course site.

Reading list

  • Elliott, Alan C and Wayne A. Woodward (2007): Statistical Analysis Quick Reference Guidebook: With SPSS Examples. London: Sage.-

  • Rumsey, Deborah (2003): Statistics For Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing.

  • Griffith, Arthur (2007): SPSS For Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing




Dr. Jaroslaw Kantorowics