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IR 210 Session 21

IR 210 Session 21 - IR 210 Lecture Notes 10.15.07 Session...

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IR 210 Lecture Notes 10.15.07 Session XXI Review: Rosenhau’s 4 types of foreign policy: -acquiescent- most of the developing world -transigent- lower countries in change -promotive- strong countries -preservative- waning countries trying to hold on to their remaining power Learning Objectives: -thinking theoretically -how we study International Relations -social scientist- levels of analysis/ “E” in DEPPP A. What is theory? 1. Agnes & Pyke We listen, look and feel selectively and we also forget, condense and distort the world around us. 2. We use theory to make order out of a complex and confusing world 3. Theories we accept help form our construction of the world 4. King, Verba and Keohane: A social science theory is a reasoned and precise speculation about the answer to a research question. a. speculation, not truth
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5. Two ways of understanding IR: a. Explaining: IR scholars as social scientists; middle range theories; objectivity i. low range theory: trying to explain the behavior of an individual, and so make a generalization about a specific, small group of people. (ie,
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