Course Schedule

This page displays an outline of the topics, content, and assignments for the semester. Slides and reading and assignment links will be updated as the semester progresses.

Week Date Topic Reading Video Slides Skill Assignment
1 Dec 17 Course overview Explore MS Excel
The economy and society ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Explore Tableau
Dec 24 NO CLASS Christmas Holiday
Dec 31 NO CLASS New Year Holiday
2 Jan 7 Institutions and development ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Install Excel
Modernization theory ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Analyzing data
3 Jan 14 Democratic backsliding ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Importing data
The resource curse ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Organizing data ๐Ÿงฎ
4 Jan 21 Womenโ€™s empowerment ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Bar charts
Review and project help ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Line charts
5 Jan 28 Programmatic politics vs. clientelism ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Scatter plots
Vote buying ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Maps
6 Feb 4 Ethnicity and public goods ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Creating bar charts in Excel
Democracy and redistribution ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Creating line charts in Excel
7 Feb 11 Washington consensus reforms ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Creating scatter plots in Excel
The gendered legacy of reform ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Creating Maps in Excel ๐Ÿงฎ
8 Feb 18 Populism and social policy ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
Review and project help ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
9 Feb 25 DataViz Workshop ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ Wrangling data in Power Query
DataViz Workshop
10 Mar 3 Welfare states in the OECD ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
U.S. exceptionalism ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ โœ๏ธ
11 Mar 10 Unions and collective bargaining ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
Varieties of capitalism ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
12 Mar 17 Globalization ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
Inequality ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ โœ๏ธ
13 Mar 24 The populist backlash and extremist politics ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
TBD ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
14 Mar 31 Climate change and collective action ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
15 Apr 7 Final papaer workshop Working with Zotero
Final paper workshop โœ๏ธ