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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Jeffrey Kopstein

POL 101 Y1 April 4 Is there truth in Political Science? How do we know what we know? Revisiting Huntington and Fukuyama Review: idea of this course: lot of themes ; Not going deep but wildly Higher year in Political Science: specific and going deeper Big themes of the class : is the world moving to democracy or clash of civilizations? (Reviewing) What is liberty and what is freedom? Concepts: ancient (class, group, and collective freedom) vs. modern (individual concept) The political model design on modern liberty way and the basic of model of individual freedom is liberal democracy Liberalism and its challengers Communism, fascism, problems of democracy (equality and so on) What explains the relations between states: theories and cases In case of war and peace between states: Cold War, Cuba Crisis, Rise of China Way to figure out the states relate with each other (theories of international relation): Realism, Liberalism, and Constructlism Why do some countries become powerful and what is the impact of that? (realism) Most of international theories look for powerful countries: powerful conquer and poor response; strong expect what they can and weak accept what they found The rich and the poor (economic policies) Why? And inequality between states Why some countries rich and poor; why some countries become rich and some countries still poor.
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