Course Schedule

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

Week Date Topic Reading Video Slides Skill Assignment
1 Jan 17 Course overview Explore MS 365
Jan 19 The economy and society ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Explore Tableau
2 Jan 24 Institutions and development ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Install Excel
Jan 26 Modernization theory ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Analyzing data
3 Jan 31 Democratic backsliding ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Importing data
Feb 2 The resource curse ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Organizing data ๐Ÿงฎ
4 Feb 7 Womenโ€™s empowerment ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Bar charts
Feb 9 Exam 1 review ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Line charts ๐Ÿ“˜
5 Feb 14 Programmatic politics vs. clientelism ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Scatter plots
Feb 16 Vote buying ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Maps
6 Feb 21 Ethnicity and public goods ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Creating bar charts in Excel
Feb 23 Democracy and redistribution ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Creating line charts in Excel
7 Feb 28 Washington consensus reforms ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Creating scatter plots in Excel
Mar 2 The gendered legacy of reform ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Creating Maps in Excel ๐Ÿงฎ
8 Mar 7 Populism and social policy ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Writing with Zotero
Mar 9 Exam 2 review ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Install Tableau ๐Ÿ“˜
9 Mar 14 No class-Spring break ๐Ÿ“–
Mar 16 No class-Spring break
10 Mar 21 Welfare states in the OECD ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
Mar 23 U.S. exceptionalism ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ โœ๏ธ
11 Mar 28 Unions and collective bargaining ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
Mar 30 Varieties of capitalism ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
12 Apr 4 Globalization ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
Apr 6 Inequality ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Wrangling data in Power Query โœ๏ธ
13 Apr 11 The populist backlash and extremist politics ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
Apr 13 Class cancelled; project assignment 2 due ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
14 Apr 18 Climate change and collective action ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
Apr 20 Final project workshop Create visualizations in Tableau
15 Apr 25 Final project workshop ๐Ÿ“บ Create a Tableau dashboard
Apr 27 Exam 3 review ๐Ÿ“˜ โœ๏ธ