PIA3607 - Advanced Research Methodology

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public and International Affairs
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
PIA2603 or POL2603 or AIS2012 or PIA2012
Equivalent Course(s)
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2024/25

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course is the second of a two-semester sequence that introduces students to the vocabulary, concepts, and methods of social research with application to policy analyses. Having acquired a solid conceptual grasp of different approaches to identifying and synthesizing pertinent literature, different paradigms of policy inquiries, and various techniques for conducting scientifically and ethically sound research in the first part of the sequence, this second course focuses on (i) hands-on skills in managing quantitative data and (ii) statistical research designs for causal inference. Serving as a compulsory course for all candidates pursuing the Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Politics, this course ultimately aims to hone students’ knowledge of and practical skills in choosing appropriate strategies and procedures to collect, manage, analyse, interpret, and report quantitative data in social research. Upon completion of this course, students will be capable of employing suitable methods to address the key empirical puzzles raised in their independent research (i.e., final-year capstone project).

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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