Current Courses 2018-2019

Introduction to Data Science Using R


This course teaches students the fundamentals of R Programming, data wrangling, and visualization. Students leave the course with an ability to answer social questions using data.

Interdisciplinary Inquiry into race & ethnicity


This course provides a basic overview of a wide-range of methods for social inquiry, from ethnography to survey research.  It touches on both quantitative and qualitative analyses, and has a substantive focus on the study of race and ethnicity.

Scope & Methods in Political Science


An introductory-level empirical methods class, that introduces students to concepts, measurement, and basic quantitative analysis and statistics.

PODS: Policy & Data Science (McGill University)


Running in June, 2019, the PODS program takes a group of talented undergraduate students and teaches them the basics of data science.  The program combines an intensive month-long bootcamp with a well-placed internship to allow fellows to develop their skills and their networks.

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Other workshops and short courses


I am always interested in developing and teaching new specialized courses for social scientists.  Please be in touch with any suggestions or opportunities. 


Student review

The content and how it was structured in a way that it not only helped to critically analyze and understand the content itself and the theoretical concepts, but also how I’ve been able to critically analyze my own concepts and biases and to grow from them.

Student review

Mark Daku is one of the best instructors I’ve had in my three years at McGill! His ability to generate great discussions, giving students a real voice, was something I really admired and wish more professors would do. His lectures were highly informative and his passion about the subjects discussed really showed.

Student review

Mr. Daku did something that changed from most poli-sci classes I took so far: he made it fun and engaging. His sharing of personal experiences on the continent made the 2h30-long classes go faster and gave us a different perspective about the continent.

Student review

Daku is an amazing professor, he cares more about his job then 90% of the professors that I've had in the past. He is always trying new methods in class to help us engage with the course material and actively listens to our feedback. He doesn't act superior to his students and makes sure to listen to every voice without judgment. I don't feel confident speaking in many of my other politics classes, but I feel completely comfortable participating knowing that I won't be shot down or made a fool of. His grading (of exams) is fair and it seems like he understands that educating us on the material and making us think critically about it is more important then just memorizing some bullet points on a powerpoint. I have a lot of respect for Daku; we need more professors like him at TCU. Seriously.

Student review

Dr. Daku is one of the most hands-on and resourceful professors I have ever had. His ability to convey information to the class through detailed slides and presentations is extremely effective in helping us as students grasp the best understanding of the course material. He thoroughly explains things, and will oftentimes point out his main points that we should retain and apply to larger concepts. His style of teaching is both effective and enlightening, bringing a positive and beneficial side to the general stress of coursework.

Student review

This class was exceptionally hard. I can't tell if it was because of the  material or the professor, however I learned a lot and I'm thankful for  that. I like how the professor made the course lecture/class  discussion heavy. The material covered in this course is somewhat  difficult to test over so having conversations about how we see the concepts in our local and global communities was really eye opening. The professor also created two simulation games so we could see how  textbook concepts were used in real life politics and communities. In the end I definitely feel smarter from this course.

Past Courses 2015-2018

Introduction to Comparative Politics


This course introduces students to important questions and themes in contemporary comparative politics. It emphasizes the comparative method as an approach and teaches students how to engage with academic and popular debates in comparative politics

Introduction to Data Science using r


This course teaches students the fundamentals of R Programming, data wrangling, and visualization. Students leave the course with an ability to answer social questions using data.

Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics


This course aims to help students critically engage with the world around them. Through Nietzsche & Foucault, students interrogate truth and morality and learn to engage with the ways in which science and statistics are used (and abused) in contemporary America.

Introduction to African Politics


This course introduces students to the history and context of politics on the African continent. Students leave with a better understanding of contemporary and enduring issues in African Politics.

Monitoring and Evaluation for Development


This course introduces students to the language, process, and methods of evaluation in the context of international development projects.