This is the first course in our two-course research sequence and is required for all Political Science majors. This course will introduce students to the basic principles of research design and scientific research, from the development of an idea or research question, creation of hypotheses, writing of a literature review and writing a research proposal. We will explore a wide range of methods, including experiments, natural experiments, quasi-experiments, measurement using empirical data, and qualitative case studies. The readings combine textbook explanations of the methods with examples of how they are put into practice. Through a set of assignments, students will be asked to begin the process of conducting their own independent research concluding in the submission of a research proposal that will be the foundation for the second course in this research sequence.