This course will allow students to master the introductory tools necessary to engage in social science inquiry. Students will learn and be able to demonstrate through the course requirements the following key components of qualitative reasoning:
Critical Thinking: Students will use logical inference to pose and evaluate hypotheses, claims, questions and problems within social science.
Logical Integrity: Students will understand the logical structure of social science inquiry to distinguish between assumptions and implications.
Application to social processes: Students will be able to apply their qualitative reasoning to engage in real world empirical analysis of international relations problems and puzzles.
This course will focus on empirical analysis of historical events and formal reasoning: