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Unformatted text preview: E. Rational 1. People know what they want most of the time and always have a good reason for doing what they do. 2. Citizens can discern right from wrong and can make decisions for themselves. F. Irrational 1. Citizens are emotionally fooled by stereotypes and have no rational understanding of government or society. III. Is Politics a Science? 1. Science is now understood as precise facts but originally meant knowledge. 2. Political science is empirical, based on evidence, with both quantitative and qualitative data. A. Reasoned 1. Basic assumptions influence what you study and how you study it. 2. Beware of forming a study so that the answers support a certain view. B. Balanced 1. Bias can be minimized by look at the topic in other ways and comparing studies others have done. C. Evidence 1. All scholarly studies require evidence, common knowledge does not have to be supported....
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Drakulach during the Spring '08 term at Passaic County Community College.
- Spring '08