POLn6010 Experimental Political Science

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Lenka Hrbková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Roman Chytilek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Michal Tóth (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Roman Chytilek, 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
Wed 16:00–17:40 U41
! POL565 Experimental Political Science && ! NOW ( POL565 Experimental Political Science )
The Course is open to all students who are interested in experimental research.
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
introduce students into an idea of experimental research in political science discuss applications of experimental methodologies in the PS
Learning outcomes
deepen students understanding on research into causality ;
students being able to design, proces and interpret their own experiments ;
  • 1. Introduction into experimental PS: Lesser Evil in Your Face. 2. Experimental PS and causality 3. Experiments and control, randomization 4. Experimental validity and replication 5. Seminar 1 Experiments in PS: psychological and economic tradition (position paper) 6. Experimental design, participants and motivation 7. Seminar 2 Presentation of student´s proposals 8. Seminar 3 Presentation of student´s proposals 9. Experimental ethics 10. Presentation of "winning" experimental project 11. Experiment conducted 12. Use of experiments in PS. 13. Analysis and interpretation of the results.
    required literature
  • Leeper, T. J., Druckman, J. N., Freese, J. 2016. Generalizability of Survey Experiments. Journal of Experimental Political Science 2, 109-138.
  • Clark, S. 1999. Justifying Deception in Social Science Research. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 16(2), 151-166.
  • Fried, B. J., Lagunes, P., Venkataramani, A. 2010. Corruption and Inequality at the Crossroad. A Multi-Method Study of Bribery and Discrimination in Latin America. Latin American Research Review, 45(1), 77-97.
  • Herrera, C. D. 2001. Ethics, Deception, and „Those Milgram Experiments.“Journal of Applied Philosophy, 18(3),
  • Hrbková, L., Chytilek, R. 2015. Příliš dobré kauzální argumenty na to, aby byly pravdivé? Experimentální validita v postlacourovské době. Sociální studia 4, 7-16.
  • Bassi, A. 2013. Weather, moods, and voting. An experimental analysis of the effect of weather beyond turnout. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2273189 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2273189
  • Laboratory experiments in the social sciences. Edited by Murray Webster - Jane Sell. Second edition. Amsterdam: Academic Press/Elsevier, 2014. xviii, 516. ISBN 9780124046818. info
  • KELLSTEDT, Paul M. and Guy D. WHITTEN. The fundamentals of political science research. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. xxiv, 316. ISBN 9781107621664. info
  • Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science. Edited by James N. Druckman. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. xiv, 562. ISBN 9780521174558. info
  • MORTON, Rebecca B. Experimental political science and the study of causality : from nature to the lab. Edited by Kenneth C. Williams. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xv, 590. ISBN 9780521136488. info
Teaching methods
lectures, seminars
Assessment methods
Participation in a class is a necessary precondition for course completition (two no shows allowed). The grading consists of position paper (15%), project (45%) and final exam (40%).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.

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