1-19-11 Theories

1-19-11 Theories - Political Science Notes January 19, 2011...

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Political Science Notes January 19, 2011 B. Theories 1. Classic a. What is theory? – Human kinds attempt to consciously solve the problems of group life and organization. Theories provide us with guiding principles for gathering, understanding, and organizing the facts that we gather. b. Classic theories from different continents c. The Contraculists 2. Modern (Contemporary) a. Marxism b. Behavioralism c. System theory d. Modernization theory e. Structural Functionalism f. Rational choice g. Institutionalism *side note* - Terms: Precepts and Concepts – Immanuel Kant quoted, “Precepts without concepts are empty, and concepts without precepts are blind.” *Professor’s notes* - Is politics a science? Yes, it is. Science is knowledge gained through the use of our sensory organs (touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight) to gain facts. Political Science is concerned with not only Qualitative values, but also Quantitative concerns using reason, facts, & balance to gain understanding of our subject matter.
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Political Science Notes January 19, 2011 Social Bases of Politics
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