A) Address the Scientific Approach to Politics. Analyze the usefulness in applying the scientific method to the study of politics. How can it be useful in accumulating knowledge and what are some shortcomings of this approach?
B) Compare and Contrast the Empirical Approach to the Normative Approach. Do you favor one approach over the other in terms of intellectual advancement? Why do you favor one over the other?
C) Quantitative Analysis. What are the pros and cons of quantifying political concepts? To what degree do you believe attempting to quantify political concepts helps us understand these political questions?
D) Form a Hypothesis of Your Choosing. Formulate a hypothesis of your choosing. Ask me for guidance if you’re stuck. State the independent and independent variables and identify the units of analysis that you will study. Conduct a literature review by referencing at least 4 academic journal articles (see jstor through the UB Libraries page. I can help you with this).
E) Pick Your Own Topic. Choose a topic of your own related to the scientific approach to politics. If you choose this option, your topic must be approved by me. Please email me if you intend to choose your own topic. We can agree upon the specifics either through email or over the phone.