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Introduction to Political Science- Introduction

An introduction to the field of Political Science for undergraduate students
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Autumn McGimsey

on 9 August 2011

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Transcript of Introduction to Political Science- Introduction

Politics
Exercise of power
Determination of who gets what, when, and how
Public allocation of things that are valued
Resolution of conflict
What is Political Science?
There is a relationship to other social sciences
History
Geography
Economics
Sociology
Antropology
Psychology
Key Concepts
Power
Ability for A to get B to do something
Why do some people have power?
Biological
Psychological
Cultural
Rational Irrational
Composite
Legitimacy
Rightful Rule
Sovereignty
Boss of one's own turf
Authority
Respect for Leader
What are the Subfields of Political Science?
Is Political Science a Science?
Reasoned
Balanced
Supported by Evidence
Theoretical
International Relations
Comparative Politics
Political Theory
American Politics
Scientific Method
1)Examine the Evidence
2)Create Hypothesis
3)Operationalize Key Concepts
4)Gather Data
valid vs reliable
5)Analyze Evidence
6)Decide what's next
correlation vs causation
What is Authority and Legitimacy Grounded in?
Law
Tradition
Charisma
Contract
How do we manipulate data?
What are the different types of political knowledge?
Or...what do we know about politics ?
Types of Political Knowledge
1. Description
2. Explanation
3. Prescription
How do we know this things?
1. Authority
2. Personal Thought
3. Science
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