Day1_Intro_LevelsofAnalysis

Day1_Intro_LevelsofAnalysis - 1 Agenda Course overview and...

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Agenda Course overview and syllabus What’s a theory? Levels of analysis 2
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Course Overview SmartSite – it’s your friend Resources folder Announcements Check your UC Davis email Syllabus 3
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What’s a Theory? Why do we need theories? Help us understand events How did a certain event come about? Which aspects were most critical? Provide different perspectives Facts are always the same, but can interpret them in different ways 4
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Approaching IR 5
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Levels of Analysis Each level provides a different perspective on an event Four levels Systemic Domestic Individual Foreign Policy 6
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Systemic Level Two components of the systemic level Structural: org. of states based on power Process: interactions between states Most comprehensive, least specific (predicts outcomes, not behaviors) Not a lot of detail, but don’t miss forest for trees Constructivism, realism emphasize more Ex: rise of Germany WWI 7
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