This is the Junior Honors Home Page for Fall, 2003.

I will also put course notes and other handouts here. Most stuff is in Adobe Acrobat, so make sure your browser can read pdf files (and learn how to download them).

Overview of course

Below are a set of topics and dates. This will be updated during the semester. See the overview for the current plan for the course.

Date Topic Reading Handout (if any) Assignment due
9/3 Introduction to the seminar NoneNone Assignments 0, 0' and 0'' due as per overview
9/8 What does an NYU Honors Thesis look like?Prof. Morton, The Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Politics Department, will attend part of the seminar to discuss and answer questions about the Honors Thesis. We will devote the rest of the seminar to an inductive study of what a thesis looks like, as well as discussing some practical issues related to doing a thesis. Each student is expected to be able to contribute to the discussion of what an Honors Thesis looks like based on their work on Assignment 1. None Assignment 1 due
9/10 Choosing a topic: I Booth, pps. 1-107 (the class will largely focus on pps. 35-71, but this is as good a time as any to read the rest of these pagesAssignment 2
9/15 Choosing a topic: II Grofman (see Assignment 2 for specifics
9/17 Presentation of first half of topics None None The following students will present today: everyone whose name appears in the alphabet between Astorga and Gonzalez. We will go in alpha order. We may not get to all 10 students today. Students should have a draft of Assignment 2 ready for their presentation, but they may wish to modify the Assignment before turning it in.
9/22 Presentation of second half of topics None None Based on Wed's timing, I doubt we will get past Gonzalez today. But to be on the safe side, Greenstein and Haberman should also be prepared, and should post their topics. The following students will present today: everyone whose name appears in the alphabet between Greenstein and Slootsky. Again, we go in alpha order.
9/24 Topics: Class 3 - as above, for whereever we left off through about Melamud or Phillip (plus Blum).
9/29Topics: Class 4. Eveyone else. IF WE HAVE TIME, we will discuss more on more about writing your thesis. If we do not have time, read Booth anyway, it is very helpful. Booth, Part IV None Assignment 2 due in class (both hard copy and emailed to by Wed., 10/1. Please make sure that Assignment 2 reflects what you have learned from both your presentation and all the other presentations and discussions. Since you have learned so much, you may go to 3 pages if necessary.
10/1Logic: 1Booth, Part III; Waller, ch. 1-7 (this is a lot, so we will not cover everything in class; be prepared to discuss what the structure of YOUR argument looks like - NOTE ON READING WALLER: Lots of the applications are to a courtroom, which many of you will find interesting, but these are not what is of interest in our class; so quickly read over (skim) the legal stuff, concentrating on the logical issues)Assignment 2 due in class today; also email me a copy. You can begin to work on Assignment 3 on logic and argument.
10/6Yom Kipper - no class
10/8Logic: 2Waller, ch. 8-9 (this may be heavy going if you have not seen before - but note, our interest is not in formal logic - again, we will discuss the applications to your thesis topics)List of discussion leaders for 10/15 and 10/20 literature review classes and ASSIGNMENT 4 (due 10/27)
10/13Logic: 3Waller, ch. 10-15 (as before, both a lot and heavy going. As above, we will concentrate on applications to your thesis topics, and have no interest in purely legal matters like expert witnesses, but we do care about appeals to authority. Note: We will read ch. 16 and 17 in the section of the coure on research design; you cannot easily understand research design without understanding logic
10/15Literature Review: 1
10/20Literature Review: 2 Assignment 3 due in class today (probably not by email)
10/22Literature Review: 3
10/27Research design: 1 (introduction)Read Stinchecombe (free handout in Politics Dept. main office), pps. 15-28 and King, et al., ch. 1 Assignment 4 due today
10/29Research design: 2 (descriptive inference)Read King, et al., ch. 2
11/3Research design: 3 (causality)Read King, et al., ch. 3 and Stinchecombe, 28-38
11/5 and 11/10Research design: 4 (case selection)Read King, et al., ch. 4 and Lijphart (free handout in Politics Dept. main office)Research design draft exercise (Assignment 5)
11/12Research design: 5 (measurement and related issues)Read King, et al., ch. 5 and Stinchecombe, 39-58
11/17Research design: 6 (increasing your N)Read King, et al., ch. 6
11/19Research design: 7 (summary and applications to your theses)
11/24Some final issuesBooth, Pt. 4Draft of assignment 5 (research design) due today; final version will be incldued in prosectus
11/26Workshop on prospectuses (students who must leave before this class as excused from the Workshop
12/1, 4 and 8Student presentations (approximately 10 minutes per student, specific days assigned later
12/16PROSECTUSES DUE AT MY OFFICE BY NOON TODAY (instructions for what prospectuses should look like available soon)

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Last modified: Fri Nov 21 10:53:01 Eastern Standard Time 2003