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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 24, 2014
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Dejan Guzina


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PO 601 Graduate Core Seminar

The Scope of Political Science (graduate seminar)

The seminar is designed as a general foundation course for graduate students in political science. Its main aim is to provide students with a systematic overview of core concepts and major research traditions in the study of politics: normative political theory and empirical research; the rational choice paradigm (with its emphasis on the role of reasoned agency); cultural and institutional approaches (the role of rules, norms, values and identities in politics); and constructivist interpretations of the logic of social and political action. 

By the end of the seminar, students will have a good sense of key contemporary debates in political science and how various ontological, epistemological and methodological choices we make as students of politics affect the answers we get. 

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REQUIRED TEXTS (all books are available at the University bookstore):

  • Vivien Lowndes and Mark Roberts, Why Institutions Matter: The New Institutionalism in Political Science (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
  • Joe Oppenheimer, Principles of Politics: A Rational Choice Theory Guide to Politics and Social Justice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • Vincent Pouliot, International Security in Practice: The Politics of NATO-Russia Diplomacy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
  • Donatella della Porta and Michael Keating (eds.), Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences: A Pluralist Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  • Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka (eds.), Multiculturalism and the Welfare State: Recognition and Redistribution in Contemporary Democracies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).