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Lecture 2

Lecture 2 Theoretical Tools

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Political Science
Lilach Gilady

Lecture 2theoretical toolsSeptember1713 157 PMTutorial Signup begins this week for 8 days after classo First tutorials begin the week of September 30th The term paper is due at the beginning of the last lecture of the term Theoretical toolso Todays main conceptthe different levels of analysis Theories are instruments that are suppose toDescribe Explain Predicto The scientific method does not mean that what we come up with is logical We have to assess social science theories to see if they are logical or not Theories are actually models of reality If models become to complicated trying to replicate them is near impossibleo When using theoretical models we need things that replicate reality Therefore every model omits dimensions of reality Also every theoretical model includes fundamental assumptions of what matters most There is also more than one way of understanding a theory No one can
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