Week 2 of Notes
Week 2 of Notes 400
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Date Created: 09/03/15
PSC 4002D Research in Political Science Dr McNulty Set of Notes 2 Week of Aug 31 Tue Se t1 Discussion on readings 0 Social scientists like to think of themselves as scientists 0 So we follow the scientific method 0 Today s lecture Theory Building 0 Newton came up with the theory of gravity 0 Gravity is tied to mass 0 Then he went about trying to test his theory on the biggest objects with mass planets 0 Galileo wanted to test the theory that things with more mass will fall faster 0 He climbed on tOp of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and dropped a heavy and a light rock from the top 0 He disproved the theory they landed at the same time o Einstein had questions about Newton s theory 0 He had new ways of testing it 0 He came up with the Theory of Relativity Theory Building 0 Theory building is when we have an idea of the world 0 Why something happens the way it does 0 Theory Something Y happens because something else X happens exists o It is a causal relationship Social Science example 0 Under what conditions is war likely 0 Relative deprivation where people suffer unequally leads to war as opposed absolute deprivation where people suffer the same In social science we have theories about how people will behave o For example Elites like congressmen or presidents will behave a certain way 0 but in reality all people are unpredictable How do we test theories 0 Observations 0 Experiments 0 Formal Theory 0 Mathematically demonstrating that if you have certain conditions another certain condition will happen 0 If you have A and B it leads to C Hypotheses 0 These are propositions things that have to be true if the theory is true 0 lfthey can t disprove the theory it means the theory is likely right 0 If they can disprove the theory the theory has to be adjusted or thrown out completely Thurs Sept 3 2015 No class professor is at conference Read Shively Chapters 12 uploaded on Canvas
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