November 28: Conclusions - Brief Semester Review.docx
University of Toronto Mississauga
Politics nov 28
Politic science is a field of scientific study... different way from natural science. In political science, there
is no dominant paradime that dominates a feild of study... but competitions of the paradimes. Levels of
disagreement go to the very basic of politics... like the definition of politics.
We looked at allocations
We looked at fundamental politics.. us vs the others.. confrontation of states. In feild of politics, feild of
liberalism tends to be dominant... who gets what when where how?
School of realism, dominant actors of states, amass as much power to get security. Zero sum gain.
Critical approaches of politics.. Marxism, economic forces are dominant. Exploitation role of it, in
international system and within states.
Realists – humans for the most part are greedy and evil. Not prone to cooperation.
Liberals – humans say humans are good and cooperative, but can be corrupted by circumstances
Spread of democracy – the most states are less likely to go to war against each other. Liberals want
states to cooperate as much as possible.... through trade.... states can specialize in the things that they
do best..... by increasing trade