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Unformatted text preview: Social Science and the Scienti c Method Political Science as a Discipline Meta-Theories Within World Politics Historical Overview and Background POLSC 333: World Politics Let's Put the Science in Political Science 1 Dr. Amanda Murdie August 26 1 Or, no, Grandma, I don't want to be a politician POLSC 333: World Politics Social Science and the Scienti c Method Political Science as a Discipline Meta-Theories Within World Politics Historical Overview and Background Goals for Today 1 Outline Social Science and the Scienti c Method 2 Go over Political Science as a Discipline and World Politics as a Subdiscipline 3 Meta-theories and World Politics 4 500 Years of History and Its Role in World Politics Today POLSC 333: World Politics Social Science and the Scienti c Method Political Science as a Discipline Meta-Theories Within World Politics Historical Overview and Background Icebreaker Question Should we experiment with individuals and their willingness to commit torture? Milgram Experiment, 1961 POLSC 333: World Politics Social Science and the Scienti c Method Political Science as a Discipline Meta-Theories Within World Politics Historical Overview and Background Icebreaker Question Should we experiment with individuals and their willingness to commit torture? Milgram Experiment, 1961 POLSC 333: World Politics Social Science and the Scienti c Method Political Science as a Discipline Meta-Theories Within World Politics Historical Overview and Background Icebreaker Question Should we experiment with individuals and their willingness to commit torture? Milgram Experiment, 1961 POLSC 333: World Politics Social Science and the Scienti c Method Political Science as a Discipline Meta-Theories Within World Politics Historical Overview and Background Basic Argument 1 Political science and social science in general does involve scienti c method - theory, hypotheses, testing hypotheses with evidence. 2 Humans are the subject of interests - does require care for human subjects. 3 Political scientists are not the same thing as political advocates/political pundits. 4 Meta-theories as schools of thought; most world politics research borrows from multiple meta-theories. 5 Understanding history is important for gaining theoretical insights. POLSC 333: World Politics Social Science and the Scienti c Method Political Science as a Discipline Meta-Theories Within World Politics Historical Overview and Background Basic Argument 1 Political science and social science in general does involve scienti c method - theory, hypotheses, testing hypotheses with evidence. 2 Humans are the subject of interests - does require care for human subjects. 3 Political scientists are not the same thing as political advocates/political pundits....
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This note was uploaded on 09/06/2011 for the course POLSC 333 taught by Professor Aren during the Spring '11 term at Kansas State University.

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