Fall/Winter Timetable

POL478H1F L0101

Topics in Methods

Data Management and Visualization for Political Scientists


Real world political data, such as election results, location and type of terrorist attacks, or international trade flows, rarely come in nice, clean spreadsheets. Some data files may not even fit in a computer's main memory. As data analysts, we cannot always rely on other people to get the data into formats that are convenient for us to manage.

This course provides the fundamental computational tools for managing, analysing, and presenting political data. The material will enable students to become proficient enough to actively implement the methods and tools in their own research. This will require you to practice the material outside of class.


(optional) Wickham, Hadley. ggplot2: Elegant Graphics for Data Analysis

Format and Requirements

weekly homework, final project


POL232H1 or POL242Y1 or POL322H1 or equivalent