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Unformatted text preview: systematic knowledge .-Political Science means studying politics through Description (the easiest part Narrative; who, what, when, where, and how?) Explanations (Why statements) Prediction (Hardest part If, then statements) In ways that are General (should cover as many phenomena as possible) Intersubjective (Language that is accessible and commonly understood) Testable (Must be falsifiable) What does it mean to study politics comparatively?-It is interesting for some of us-It improves your mind- Learning about other polities improves our understanding of our own- There are many claims out there about politics (like blogs), and you should be able to distinguish between valid vs. invalid claims and good vs. poor arguments-It is important-The United States is only one out of close to 200 states in the world, and in many ways atypical-95% if the worlds population lives elsewhere-Globalization makes these facts ever more important. Why do so?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course POLI 11 taught by Professor Strom during the Winter '11 term at UCSD.
- Winter '11