Michael D. Ward

Department of Political Science, Duke University

2006/7 courses


POL S 527 Empirical Approaches to International Conflict and Cooperation
Description.This seminar will introduce students to quantitative approaches to international conflict and cooperation. We will survey recent research into 1) arms races, proliferation, and weapons trade; 2) power and its role in world affairs; 3) the role of preferences in decision-making in foreign policy; 4) the role of alliances in international conflict; 5) the linkage between domestic and international conflict; 6) economic relations and international conflict, specifically trade, foreign aid, and foreign investment; 7) diffusion of conflicts; 8) domestic constraints on foreign conflict; 9) political geography of war and peace.

This class meets weekly on Thursdays, 4:20-7:30. Somewhere.

A syllabus is available. Version of March 9, 2007


POL S 510 Maximum LIkelihood Methods for the Social Sciences
Description. Many social science research problems are not easily coerced into the standard linear regression model. However, the conditional and nonlinear nature of many social phenomenon can be studied using relatively simple likelihood methods, that are now incorporated into most available statistical packages. This course serves as an introduction to these maximum likelihood methods as they are applied in the social sciences. As such it will focus on the selection of appropriate statistical methods for a variety of typical research questions in the social sciences. In addition, it will provide an
intellectual and computational foundation for maximum likelihood estimations, with the ultimate goal of providing the necessary tools to allow researchers to develop their own statistical models, sculpted to the problems they are investigating in their own
research.

This class meets weekly in Mary Gates Hall (TBD), on Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20; A lab is schedule for Thursday afternoons, specifics to be determined.

A syllabus is available. Version of January 8, 2007.


POL S 528 Advanced International Relations Theory 2006 (2007 version to be posted soon -- it will focus on international and domestic conflict)
Description. This class will focus on Globalization and Conflict, at the international level. Our first topic will be to develop a set of criteria for evaluating scientific claims in international relations. Then, we will survey major writings in terms of a) what is globalization, b) what are its causes, and c) what are its political implications. Specifically, we will focus on the role of international trade, foreign direct investment and foreign aid, international organizations such as the World Bank and IMF, as well as domestic institutions.

This class meets weekly in Smith 109 on Mondays from 16:30-19:20,
with a break around 18:00.

syllabus in PDF

Discussion List for this class is here.



POL S 503, Advanced Quantitative Political Methodology

We will focus on applied regression analysis, spanning the linear model as well as introducing models of categorial variables and maximum likelihood methods. Work will concentrate on practical exercises utilizing data from political science, as well as the presentation of quantitative material for political science audiences.

This class meets weekly in Mary Gates Hall, Room 254, on Wednesdays from 13:30 - 16:20 with a break around 15:00, if someone reminds me.

Syllabus in PDF (New as of March 30th, 2006, with corrections!).

Discussion list for class is here. Instructions on how to epost are available.

Week 1 Data for download, ascii file; data description in ascii file.


PRE-2006 courses

POL S 521, Introductory International Relations ProSeminar, Theory and Methods

Syllabus from 2003.

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