Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3288: Political Science and the Real World

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Jason Reifler (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


In this module, you will learn about an important development in taking political science (and social science generally) from the “ivory tower” to the real world: field experiments. You will learn about how the power of random assignment to different treatment interventions (or control conditions) can be used at scale to simultaneously assess both social science theories while learning how what works to improve economic development, increase voter turnout, reduce corruption, increase prosocial behaviour, promote online civility, and other topics. Students will be able to help choose what topics are covered later in the term.

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