POS 101 Final Exam Lecture Notes

POS 101 Final Exam Lecture Notes - Political Science 101...

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Political Science 101 (11/05) - Two schools of thought on studying International Relations 1. Traditionalist/Classical Approach  o Based on History, Law, Philosophy. o Very qualitative in nature. o Relies heavily on inference and detail. o Careful in-depth studies of a few cases. Few Cases.  “Fewer, but large books” o Depends on intuition, judgment, and insight. “Gut feeling, Conscience) You know something, but cannot prove it. 2. Scientific/Behavioralist Approach o Quantitative (relies on data). Statistical analysis, data-driven. Game theory. Simulations. Model building. o Very broad based. Looks at everything. Lots o’ data from lots o’ cases. Many Cases. Lots of books filled with accurate data. o (Think of demographics) o Operationalization 
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Describing normative actions with numbers. Ex. Hostility scale 1 to 10 based scale  1 means you are going to war. o 10 means you are best friends! - FLAWS Criticisms of… o 1. Traditionalist a. Their refusal to understand scientific technique albeit it will  help them understand more. Cook a turkey in oven, do not fry!
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