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Unformatted text preview: Political Science Notes Chapter 1 Chapter 1: A science of Politics? The Master Science o Aristotle founded the discipline and called politics the master science Discipline A field of study, often represented by an academic department or major. o Politics is intimately connected to economics. o The impact of natural disasters on society is controlled in large part by politics. o Political Science relates to all other social sciences History One of the chief sources of data for political scientists Political scientists take the findings of historians and compare and contrast them. Human Geography The Territorial component of human behavior borders, ethnic areas, trade flows, centralization of power, and regions have great political ramifications. The red and blue states in the US show the relevance of political geography. Economics Many political quarrels are economic: who gets what? A declining economy may doom democracy. Questions involving economics: what policies promote economic development? How big a role should government have? Sociology Political science conventionally starts by looking at society to see who thinks what about politics. In demonstrating how political views vary among social classes, regions, religions, genders, and age groups, sociology gives an empirical basis to political-culture, public-opinion, and electoral studies. Anthropology The subfield of political culture could be viewed as a branch of anthropology. Psychology Contributes much to political sciences understanding of which personalities are attracted to politics. Methodology The techniques for studying questions objectively. Political Power o The focus on power distinguishes political science from the other social sciences....
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- Fall '09
- Political Science