poli 330n week 1
POLI 330N Week 1 Discussion Question 1, Politics in Our Daily Lives
As we read and discuss the definition of politics, let’s also consider the consequences of political decisions upon our daily routines. Can you think of a time when a political act impacted your daily life? What made this experience political? As we begin our discussions, let’s not forget to comment on each other’s posts. Can you see any similarities in your situations?
The reading this week discusses the role of political scientists and their attempts to treat the study of politics as a science. In these efforts, they build scholarship based on reason, balance, and supporting evidence, although much of this scholarship is based on theory. Discuss how political scientists attempt to quantify data, manipulate data statistically, and attempt to validate hypotheses
- (TCO 1) What were your economic left/right results?
- (TCO 1) What were your social libertarian/authoritarian results?
- (TCO 1) If a person believes that market should regulate itself, and that government should stay out of business, would he or she fall more to the right or the left side of the political scale?
- (TCO 1) If a person believes that federal agencies such as the FDA, EPA, and SEC serve a public good, is he or she moving more to the right or left of 100% capitalism?
- (TCO 1) If a person feels that the government is needed to ensure that all people obtain equality, would he or she fall more on the right or the left of the economic scale?
- (TCO 1) If a person believes that mandatory gun safety classes should be required to buy a gun, would he or she move up or down the social scale?
- (TCO 1) If a person believes that Christianity is or should be the national religion of the United States, would he or she move up or down the social scale?
- (TCO 1) If a person believes that he or she knows more about his or her own life than the government, and thus should have the authority to make his or her own decisions, would he or she move more up or down the social scale?
- (TCO 1) Aristotle’s view that humans live naturally in herds is most related to what explanation for political power?
- (TCO 1) Machiavelli is associated with the concept of _____.
- (TCO 1) Which of the following explanations of power might examine the tolerance of individuals?
- (TCO 1) The notion that we acknowledge the rightful roles of our leaders or our laws is known as _____.
- (TCO 1) Despite a disputed 2000 presidential election, once President George W. Bush took office, few people doubted his _____.
- (TCO 1) A(n) _____ is an initial theory a researcher starts with to be proved with evidence.
- (TCO 1) When scholars consider various approaches to studying a given topic, they are most concerned with _____.
- (TCO 1) Descriptions of political phenomena often lack _____.
- (TCO 1) Which political science subfield studies the interface of politics and economics?
- (TCO 1) Which are both true for most politicians?