POLS-Y205: Analyzing Politics
Midterm Exam 2
This is an open-book, open-note exam. Please feel free to consult materials online as well. However, you must complete this exam by yourself- please refrain from working in groups or with other students. You can turn in your exams by uploading your essays on Canvas; the deadline to turn in the exam is Midnight on Thursday, October 29th.
Essay (Please choose three out of the four to answer; each one represents 1/3 of your grade.)
Please write argumentative essays (~500 words each) in response to three of the following prompts. The best essays will have a clear thesis, an organized set of topic sentences, citations to the readings and examples, and/or a response to potential counter-arguments.
1. What are the strengths and weaknesses of using ethnography and/or participant observation as a research design? Please provide and critique an example of an ethnographic or participant observation design.
2. Please provide an example of a research question that uses a concept that you would measure using text analysis or network analysis. Explain the data gathering process you would use, tell us how you would operationalize the concept you have selected, and explain the advantages and disadvantages of the approach you have selected.
3. In your view, did the Connecticut crackdown on speeding lead to improved safety outcomes? In your answer, address and summarize three of the threats to inference that Campbell and Ross bring to our attention.
4. What is the difference between a sample and a population? Why is that difference important? In your answer, provide an example of a sampling strategy, explain what the sample and the population is in your example, and provide a critique.
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