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Michael H. Strausz
POL S 205
Seattle Campus

Political Science as a Social Science

Methodological perspectives of the various social science disciplines: commonalties and differences in assumptions, values, and paradigms. Current issues from the multiple perspective of social sciences; limits of the social sciences in resolving key social issues. Offered: W.

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Description: Why do we call our discipline political science? Can the scientific method, which was developed to study natural phenomena, also teach us about how political systems function? This course aims to address these questions. It also aims to introduce students to the main tools that political scientists use to conduct research, including research design, qualitative research methods, and quantitative research methods. This class will give students a better idea of what it is political scientists actually do, and it will also give students analytic tools to evaluate the strength of social scientific research.

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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 08/14/2007