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POL2156B FOUNDATIONS OF RESEARCH FALL 2011 INSTRUCTOR: STEPHEN WHITE
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LECTURE ONE PLAN Discuss course objectives What is political science research? Review the course schedule and evaluation scheme
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WHAT IS SOCIAL SCIENCE? “Social research is the systematic observation of social life for the purpose of finding and understanding patterns among what is observed" –Earl Babbie, The Practice of Social Research
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EMPIRICAL OBSERVATION Gathering information through (in)direct experience
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SEARCHING FOR PATTERNS Social science involves the search for empirical regularities (“when A happens, so does B”) Examples of empirical regularities that uncovered in political science: Democracy and capitalism The Liberal Peace Duverger’s Law Education and political participation
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UNDERSTANDING PATTERNS Social science involves learning why things happen when and where – it is concerned with causal explanations
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SYSTEMATIC RESEARCH There are rules to follow when selecting what to observe There are rules to follow when analyzing empirical observations This doesn’t mean the rules are the same for every kind of research project
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