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Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLB80H3
Professor
Aisha Ahmad
Lecture
2

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International Relations
Big themes
war, terrorism, trade, environment: these themes make up our globalized world
soft power: type of power projected internationally
Why does IR matters?
matters to human beings far away, and us-everyone is affected because its our
planet
deeply intimate and personal: we are able to witness people across space (there is a
responsibility that comes with this connection)
theory is a necessary mechanism to use to find patterns
topics: international background, security, climate change, trade
The goal of theory: A set of assumptions about how the world works, which simplifies
the noise and allows us to see broader patterns
Helps us to explain a wide range of behaviour
People are are rational and utility maximizers
Theory is used to: explain existing phenomena and predict future patterns and trends
A good theory is measured by: parsimony (you have very few tools that explain a
wide range of phenomena) and accuracy
What is a Paradigm?
Paradigm: is a family of theories, which share a common set of assumptions
Most IR theories (i.e. realism, liberalism)
How to Read
Q-cards/Notes
1. Research question (e.g. why do civll wars break out in some cases then others?)
What drives the author to write this piece?
2. The thesis statement: the answer+explanation to the research question
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