POLB80H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Declaration On The Granting Of Independence To Colonial Countries And Peoples, Security Dilemma, John Mearsheimer

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The science of how these interactions take place, why they happen the way they do. What is the author trying to answer. The casual explanation answering the research question. Case studies, large-n (statistical analysis) study, formal method. One sentence criticism saying where the paper is coming from and what argument it is making. A hypothesis (a theoretically and ontologically coherent casual explanation) An empirical test (comparative case studies, large-n) An evaluation the hypothesis against other alternative explanations. A question or problem for which there is no clear answer, around which a debate has emerged among theorists and practitioners alike. A good research question must be falsifiable (be able to prove whether it is a yes or no) A casual explanation is the answer to a why question, which provides a theoretically coherent because answer. Independent variable (what is causing the dependent variable)-> dependent variable x causes y is a hypothesis.

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