PSC 107 Introduction to Positive Political Theory

Political Science Field: Positive Theory, Introductory Courses
Typically offered every year

Stuart Jordan
Spring 2017 — TR 11:05-12:20

Positive political theory is a line of thought that starts with the premise that politics amounts to nothing more or less than a process through which we choose between the competing values, wants or interests of different persons. It asks whether widely-held aspirations regarding how such conflicts are resolved are actually possible to realize, and, if so, how. In this class you will learn and practice the basic techniques that positive political theorists use to explore this simple but powerful view of politics.

Stuart Jordan
Fall 2014 — MWF 9:00-9:50

Course Syllabus

This course introduces students to positive political theory, a rigorous set of tools that helps clarify key questions in political science. Through examples drawn from all aspects of the political process (from elections to lawmaking to regulation) as well as from everyday life (where should we go for dinner?) and Hollywood (Russell Crowe and Reese Witherspoon as political scientists?), we will study how the rules of the game affect the decisions politicians make as well as the policy outcomes we observe.

David Primo
Fall 2008

Course Syllabus

This course introduces students to positive political theory, a rigorous set of tools that helps clarify key questions in political science. Through examples drawn from all aspects of the political process (from elections to lawmaking to regulation) as well as from everyday life (where should we go for dinner?) and Hollywood (Russell Crowe and Reese Witherspoon as political scientists?), we will study how the rules of the game affect the decisions politicians make as well as the policy outcomes we observe.

Stuart Jordan
Spring 2007

This course introduces students to positive political theory, a rigorous set of tools that helps clarify key questions in political science. Through examples drawn from all aspects of the political process (from elections to lawmaking to regulation) as well as from everyday life (where should we go for dinner?) and Hollywood (Russell Crowe and Reese Witherspoon as political scientists?), we will study how the rules of the game affect the decisions politicians make as well as the policy outcomes we observe.