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An Introduction to Political Science

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Transcript of An Introduction to Political Science

International Relations
Conflict
interstate war
intrastate war
terrorism, etc.
Peace
Peacekeeping
Alliances
Cooperation
American Politics
Institutions
executive
judiciary
congress
Behavior
voting
attitudes
Policy

Comparative Politics
Behavior
voting
protesting
attitudes (e.g. attitudes towards democracy)
Institutions
Types of legislative chambers
Types of executives
Constitutions
Voting procedures

An Introduction to Political Science
Political Science
Methodology
A system of explicit rules and procedures
not static or infallible
Provides rules for communication
replication
constructive criticism

Methodology creates a common framework for all scientists of a particular field to operate within
The goals of social sciences
Description
Explanation
deductive
probabilistic - x tends to cause y
Prediction
Understanding
What are the basic assumptions?
Nature is orderly
We can know nature
All natural phenomena have a natural cause
Nothing is self-evident
Knowledge is based on experience
Knowledge is superior to ignorance
What is empirical political science?
Empirical
relying on or derived from observation or experiment
verifiable or proven by means of observation or experiment
the posterior probability of an event derived on the basis of its observed frequency in a sample
What is the opposite of empirical?
anecdotal
assumed
hypothetical
emotion-based arguments
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