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Gvpt 100s - Scope and Methods for Political Science Research
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GVPT100S PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS Fall 2006 Lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 11 50 Armory 0112 Sections 101 Thursdays 12 30 1 20 102 Fridays 1 1 50 103 Fridays 10 10 50 104 Fridays 2 2 50 Tawes 0138 Lefrak 1221 Hornbake 0123 Tydings 0101 Instructor Karol Soltan Office Telephone Office Hours Tydings 1140C 405 4135 Tuesdays 3 45 5 Thursdays 1 2 15 and by appointment This course is a general introduction to politics You should be warned however that while there is a standard way to introduce economics there is no standard way to introduce politics or political science I have made an effort to make this introduction as inclusive as possible We will look at the broadest range of political phenomena from the small scale negotiation strategic calculation and deliberation to the largest scale global politics and from the nastiest form of violent politics war revolution terrorism to a nonviolent politics of principle I have also made an effort to make this a course I could teach in any country in the world it does not reflect any special US perspective To help us organize this diverse material we will develop a simple framework distinguishing three dimensions or aspects of politics Hamilton in Federalist 1 will serve as our inspiration 1 From self interest to good government based on reflection and choice 2 From fate and accident to design 3 From violence destruction and threat of destruction to peace and freedom As we look at the Big Picture of politics we will develop a historical perspective that distinguishes two stages of modernity The first stage began emerging in the second half of the seventeenth century out of the deep crisis of that period The second stage began emerging in the second half of the twentieth century We are very much in the middle of that struggling to give shape to a new period This framework is my effort to organize the material but it is not generally agreed upon by political scientists nothing is generally agreed So as we move



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