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Weekly Schedule

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3PM Lecture


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Peer Grading due at 11:59PM

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Problem Set due at 11:59PM
Replication Check In 11:59PM

Peer Grading Released

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Course Calendar 2021

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Your Part 

Much of this class is designed as a collective experience -- following social science research to help you learn more, understand the material faster, and remember it for longer. This means that other students will be counting on you (and you on them), and so not meeting a deadline or not coming to class hurts you and all those around you.  Please come to class prepared and meet all assignments as listed on the class web site. If you don't understand something, that's perfectly fine; we'll figure it out together and make sure you're not left behind. Your main job is to try and to stay engaged.


We will use Perusall to watch the lecture videos and do the weekly readings. All questions regarding problem sets, course logistics, etc. should also be posted on Perusall. This way, everyone has access to the same information and you don’t have to ask a question that your classmate already received an answer to. Annotations should relate to the specific content in the lecture or reading. We also encourage you to discuss the 'big picture' context of the material, in a separate discussion chat channel. You can directly access our Perusall group through Canvas by clicking on the “Perusall”. button.  Do not send us emails or messages through Canvas. You can post your questions under “General Discussion” on Perusall or send us a private message. 

Lecture Videos  


Pre-recorded lecture videos are a key component of this course. The videos are embedded as “assignments” on Perusall, and you should watch them before the due date shown on Perusall.


Class Meetings on Mondays 


We will also hold synchronous class meetings once a week on Mondays. We expect these meetings to be in person, following the FAS Fall Plan.


Attendance of live class meetings on Mondays is mandatory for FAS students and optional for DCE students. FAS students can ask for exemptions on an individual basis.




As of now, two equivalent sections will be held every week on Wednesdays and Thursdays [Time is TBD]. You can join whichever session fits your schedule best.


Office Hours


Each TF holds 2 office hours per week. One hour is reserved for one-on-one meetings, whicn can be booked hereThe other hour is "drop in" - all students can attend, no sign-up required. See the above "Weekly Schedule" for information on each offering. 


Problem Sets


There will be two types of assignments for this class 1) problem sets, and 2) either a replication paper (FAS students) or an exam (DCE students). You may work on the problem sets in groups, but each problem set will also contain individual "assessment questions" (marked by a *) that we ask you to complete individually.


The schedule works as follows: problem sets are released right after class on Monday. They are due at 11:59PM on the Saturday of that week. For example: problem set 2 is released on Monday September 13 after class and is due on September 17 on Gradescope. You can find all relevant due dates for assignments on the Gov2001 calendar.

Each week, you will also peer-grade the problem set submission of one other student on Perusall. We will assign peer-grading on Perusall on Sunday evening. Every week, you have about 48 hours to complete peer-grading, i.e. peer grading is due on Tuesdays at 11:59PM. The goal is to give helpful feedback and compare the submission to the solution key we provide.


Replication Paper


Along with Problem Sets, a short weekly progress check will be due on Satuday at 11:59PM. The progress check is not intended to add more work, but should serve as a quick weekly reminder on making progress towards the replication assignment. Research is gradual, but the most important checkpoints that you don't want to miss are listed below:


1) Saturday, October 16, at 11:59PM EST: A one page write-up of your project is due. For detailed instructions on this, please read here and here.

2) Saturday, November 6, 2020 at 11:59PM EST: Due date for the second milestone for the replication paper. You should have successfully replicated the main results in the paper you're replicating.  

3) MONDAY, November 29, 2020 at 11:59PM EST: This is due on a Monday in line with the holiday and final class day.

You will turn in a first draft of your paper. This draft should contain all figures and tables, and a proposed outline of the paper, in a relatively polished form. This draft need not have much text yet (although the more you complete, the more useful comments you will get in return). Also turn in a replication data file, with all of the data and information necessary to replicate your results and reproduce your tables and figures. At the same time, we will assign your paper to several other students to replicate, and you will receive another group’s paper to replicate. 

4) Saturday, December 4, 2020 at 11:59PM EST: Replicate the other group’s proto-paper and write a memo to them (with a copy to us), pointing out ways to improve their paper and analysis. You will be evaluated based on how helpful, not how destructive, you are. The best comments are written so fellow students can hear and learn from them rather than trying to demonstrate how smart you are.

5) Saturday, December 11, 2020, 11:59PM EST: Turn in the final version of the paper. By the same deadline, you must also follow standard academic practice and create a permanent replication data archive by uploading all your data and code to the Gov2001 Dataverse ( 


6) Saturday, December 18, 2020, 11:59PM EST: Once your paper is turned in, we will assign it to another student and assign you another paper to evaluate. Your last assignment for this class is to read and comment on a fellow group’s final paper. Your main objective is to give feedback on what changes and improvements need to happen in order for the paper to be published (we’ll explain!).