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PoliSci 7 =Belkin= Course logistics: www.polisci.ucsb.edu/projects/ps7 http://eres.library.ucsb.edu (password=hot ; course # : POLI007 ) ((10/1/07)) What is IR about? I. Power ~theory about long cycles—relationship between technology and invention II. Ideals ~studying the relationship between ideals and international relations +world views (i.e. Judaism, Communism, etc.) +principle beliefs (values & moralties) -slavery=bad + “cause” effects ~ (a + b= c ) ~democratic countries do not go to war with each other ~ideas can get locked in by institutions (Treaty of Westphalia) III. Scarce Resources ~i.e. Israel & Palestinian neighbors +water shortages in israel IV. People & Personalities V. Organizations Why is thinking about IR difficult? +interests are the same +same economic interest convincing enemies to cooperate. +pop. are similar +crisis forces them to cooperate 1. the # of relevant outcome is difficult to specify 2. the sizes of the causes vary a. “butterfly effect” small causes can have HUGE effect 3. deception is widespread ~motives are not transparent 4. some entities have fixed identities—some have fluid identities ~rel. example JEW: definition changes as pertaining to culture (Nazis vs. Israelites) ~nation state: EURO currency Why should we think about IR? -why? ~keep our leaders accountable—make motives transparent ~hard to understand why politics matter—reason? this country is extremely wealthy (losers here don’t lose!!) +shopping mall here or here? +even if you’re on the losing pol. side, you aren’t gonna starve or be beaten for your pol. beliefs!! [[what is a COUP? = overthrow of the gov. (i.e. assassination of a pres.) ; coup’s can occur during civil war]] Three Types of Theory A. Causal Theory: causes that lead to outcomes—look for patterns (as pertaining to war, poverty) a. Source of data? Statistics b. Governed by scientific rules—not subjective B. Normative Theory: prioritizing values a. Good form of gov.? b. Good & bad C. Policy Theory (Prescriptive Theory) a. Tells leaders how to behave
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b. Helps leaders identify what’s important c. What’s different between causal theory & faith? quantative evidence/data = causal theory no concrete evidence to support = faith + Causal theory is different than description!! it is NOT “the tree is 10 ft. tall” + MOST concerned with causal theory in PoliSci I. Course Structure A. theory and data B. three different families of theories C. four case studies of data: 1. imperialism 2. identity 3. poverty 4. war II. One page paper due every week—every Monday—BEFORE class (5 min. before) III. One Essay/ One exam IV. High standards—heavily emphasizes critical thinking/skepticism about what you hear V. Tuesday 2-5 PM; Email in reader/phone # VI. Introduce TA’s on Weds. VII. Web address—has syllabus VIII. section grades everyone gets same grades!!
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