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You will get the most out of this class if you (1) attend class, (2) complete all the readings, and (3) engage1 with the readings.

Problem sets

To hone your data analysis and writing skills you will complete problem sets throughout the semester. Feel free to work together on the homeworks but you must turn in your own answers. You cannot work in groups of more than three people.

I’ll accept homeworks late one day (but you will lose a full letter-grade). Beyond that I won’t accept late homeworks.

Final project

By the end of the course you will compile a three page policy brief (double-spaced) describing an issue of interest in your country of study. You will draw on data from your problem sets for visualization purposes. Details TBA.

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There will be a midterm and a final. The midterm will cover the first half of the course, the final will cover the second half. Exam questions are drawn from lecture material and readings. Format will be a combination of short and long response questions. I will post study guides for each in the reference section of the website.

Make-up exams will be given only to students with medical or personal emergencies. If an emergency arises, you will need to contact me before the exam or you will receive zero credit.

  1. Take detailed notes, do follow-up reading on things, people, places you don’t know about↩︎