P284_Jan 16_Studying politics in a scientific way I

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11 Studying Politics Scientifically I January 16, 2008 Political Research and Analysis
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22 What is science? n A set of logical, systematic & documented methods for investigating the world; or n The knowledge produced by these investigations.
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33 What is social science? q The use of logical, systematic, documented methods to investigate individuals and societies. q The knowledge produced by these investigations.
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44 Characteristics of scientific knowledge For knowledge to be considered scientific, n It must be transmissible. -- the methods used in making scientific discoveries must be made explicit so that others can analyze and replicate findings. n It is (and needs to be) general (or applicable to many rather than just a few cases).
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55 Characteristics of scientific knowledge (continued) n It is explanatory. -- A conclusion needs to be derived logically from a set of general propositions and specific initial conditions. n It is tentative.
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course POLS 284 taught by Professor Lee during the Spring '08 term at Western Illinois University.

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