Feb 27th, 2017
Should the U.S. use enhanced interrogation techniques, or torture to gain intelligence
from suspected terrorists? Why or why not?
After the attack on 9/11, the United States gov
March 30th, 2017
The Good In Globalization
Is globalization a good thing or a bad thing? What is the future of globalization?
Globalization is not a new idea; it has been a subject of cont
Should the U.S. put ground troops in Syria?
I think that the United States should place ground troops in Syria as a way to better
understand Syrias motives and as a way to protect our nation, especially with the
ongoing threats and pres
Last week I had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Roy Globe, author of
Junkyard Wisdom: Resisting the Whisper of Wealth in a World of Broken Parts.
His talk was primarily on the ma
Estrangement and Unity
1. Are human beings estranged in essence?
rights are more individualistic
rights are more corporate
our relationships are accidental
our relationships are part of our telos
theologically this seems to
Three Themes of the Course
There is (arguably) a science to the social sciences
Social and natural sciences
People are predictable
It doesnt matter what you think, it matters what you can
There is little difference between social sci
Secondary source literature
Hypothesis or theory
Quantitative, qualitative, experimental
Measurements of variables
Sources of evidence
Threats to validity
Theory and Evide
Same goal as quantitative methods: causal inference and hypothesis testing
Case Study Technique
Process tracing invol
Vantage point of people who occupy important position
Similar technique of face-to-face questioning, but with individuals who might not be considered
A study has internal validity if variation in the dependent variable was caused by variation in the
Does X really lead to Y?
Does less poverty really lead to less crime?
Indicator validity (aka
What is content analysis?
Any technique for making inferences by objectively and systematically identifying specified
characteristics of messages.
Texts, verbal statements, images, etc.
Should strive to minimize subjectiv
Most difficult aspect of research
Goal or research: original analysis
Adding something to the body of knowledge
Three ways to provide original analysis:
Totally original research
Incremental improvement of existi
Chapter 4 - Foreign Policy
Foreign policy process = a process of decision-making.
The Rational Model
- Set goals -> prioritize/evaluate importance -> calculate cost and benefits of various actions
-> choose action with highest benefit and lowest cost.
Chapter 2 - Realist Theories
Realism: a school of thought that explains international relations in terms of power.
-> it's foundation = the principle of dominance
- views political power as separate from and predominant over, morality, ideology, and other
Chapter 5 - International Conflict
the different types of war:
Hegemonic war: a war over the control of the whole world order-the rules of the international
system, and role of world hegemony. Also known as world war, global war, general war, or
International relations (IR): narrowly defined-concerns the relationships among the
Globalization: "the widening, deepening, and speeding up of worldwide
interconnectedness in all aspects of contemporary social life."
North Korea Nuclear Proliferation
November 26, 2013
Executive Summary. Nuclear weapons have the ability to turn cities to mere ashes in
seconds. In a global community, it is imperative that these
Sex, Gender, and Power
This weeks readings focused on the concepts of gender, masculinity, femininity, as well
as addressed aspects of the feminist movement. An analysis of the concept of gender
and its social manifestations is addresse