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Justin Kirkland

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
PLAD 2222: Research Methods
Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to political science research methods. We will address basic principles of research design and data analysis, including hypothesis testing, measurement, case selection and data gathering. What are the strengths and weaknesses of particular methods? How can we improve our ability to draw inferences from data? Our goals are to learn how to ask good questions and to consider different approaches to answering them.
PLAP 3350: American Congress
Credits: 3
Focuses on the contemporary organization and workings of the United States Congress. Emphasizes elections, the committee system, political parties, staff, and the law-making process, as well as the role of Congress in the national policy making system. Prerequisite: Two courses in PLAP or instructor permission.
PLAP 3410: State and Local Politics
Credits: 3
Investigates the political dynamics of subnational political institutions, parties, and elections. Includes state parties and elections, intergovernmental relations and institutional powers, representation and democracy in federal systems, and subnational policy processes. Prerequisite: One course in PLAP or instructor permission.
PLAP 4500: Special Topics in American Politics
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in American government or American political development. Prerequisite: One course in PLAP or instructor permission.
PLAP 5993: Selected Problems in American Politics
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLPT 5993: Selected Problems in Theory and Method
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLAD 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Readings and writings from various disciplines relating to Political Science.
PLAP 7000: American Politics Core Seminar
Credits: 3
This graduate core seminar is an introduction to the main topics in the study of American politics, including behavior, institutions, and American political development
PLAD 7090: Research Methods and Design in Political Science
Credits: 3
Studies the theoretical formulation of questions for political science research and examination of the design and execution of empirical research. Includes consideration of developing hypotheses for research, strategies for data collection (survey research, observational methods, content analysis), managing research projects, and ethical considerations related to the conduct of research.