Author:
Jennifer Epley Sanders
Subject:
Government/Political Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study
Level:
Academic Lower Division, Academic Upper Division
Tags:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Not Reviewed
  • Political Science
  • Research
  • critical-thinking
  • political-science
  • research
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
    Language:
    English
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    Education Standards

    Core Political Science Questions

    Overview

    This is a set of core political science questions to help students have a baseline approach or framework for understanding political science course content, processes, and outputs. 

    Critical Thinking and Research Questions

    Political scientists typically ask...

    1. What is the “puzzle?”

    * Think of deeper, enduring, and underlying political problems.

    2. What do we think is happening versus what do we know is happening?

    3. Who are the actors?

    Unit of analysis?

    4. What are their preferences/interests?

    * Tangible versus Intangible?

    5. How do they get their preferences/interests?

    6. What are the consequences?

    ... and embedded in all six of these questions is asking "Why?"