Lecture 1 - Thinking like a social scientist

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Lecture 1 Thinking like a social scientist Political Science 104 Fall 2007
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2 Goal of this class To understand American Politics To think like a social scientist Social Science – analysis of human behavior Develop systematic CAUSAL explanations of Human Behavior
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3 What causes people to vote? What causes people to vote for particular candidates? What causes Congress to enact certain policies? What causes people to hold particular political beliefs? What causes the United States to have two parties? What causes judges to decide cases in particular ways? Some questions we’ll try to answer in this class:
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4 Couples who live together are more likely to get divorced. Volvo drivers less likely to die in car accidents. More firefighters equals more damage Countries with McDonalds don’t fight wars. Are there causal relationships here? Some empirical facts:
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Dependent Variable – factor, event, outcome to be explained Independent Variable
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course POLI SCI 104 taught by Professor Professor during the Spring '05 term at Wisconsin.

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