POLn4001 Quantitative Approaches in Political Science

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 7 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. Mgr. Peter Spáč, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Voda, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tomáš Kratochvíl (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Peter Spáč, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Division of Politology – Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 12:00–15:40 PC25
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! POL593 Quantitative Approaches && ! NOW ( POL593 Quantitative Approaches )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course builds on the knowledge from the bachelor degree and improves the skills and abilities of students in quantitative insight to political science. Students will learn about tools and techniques of statistical analysis applicable in their studies as well as in their own research.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to understand basic statistics tools and methods and realize their own quantitative research. They will learn to work with statistical software SPSS and to perform operations for data analysis (crosstabs, correlation, regression analysis).
  • 1. Introduction, basic features of quantitative methods, terminology 2. Introduction to SPSS 3.-4. Operations with data and descriptive statistics 5.-6. Crosstabs 7. Correlation 8.-9. Linear regression 10.-11. Logistic regression.
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  • PALLANT, Julie. SPSS survival manual : a step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS. 4th ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2010. xiv, 345. ISBN 9780335242399. info
  • FIELD, Andy P. Discovering statistics using SPSS : (and sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll). 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Sage, 2009. xxxiii, 82. ISBN 9781847879073. info
  • HENDL, Jan. Přehled statistických metod : analýza a metaanalýza dat. 3., přeprac. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2009. 695 s. ISBN 9788073674823. info
  • SOUKUP, Petr and Ladislav RABUŠIC. Několik poznámek k jedné obsesi českých sociálních věd, statistické významnosti (Some Notes on the Obsession of the Czech Social Sciences with Statistical Significance). Sociologický časopis/ Czech Sociological Review. Praha: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, 2007, vol. 43, No 2, p. 379-395. ISSN 0038-0288. info
  • MAREŠ, Petr and Ladislav RABUŠIC. Materiál pro kurs Statistická analýza dat : (jak pracovat s daty a zadávat výpočty v SPSS). V Brně: Soukromý tisk Masarykovy univerzity, 2001. 93 s. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and seminars.
Assessment methods
Regular preparations and a test
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022.
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