Samenvatting Politieke wetenschap Universiteit Leiden jaar 1 Bachelor Politicologie blok 4

Summary political science


Lecture 1: 

This was largely an introduction to the field with no real information that you should know for the exams. 


Lecture 2: 



  • Analytical political theory: study of concepts, ideas and values who are used to describe and explain = conceptualizing 

  • Political theory: a combination of analytical, empirical and normative theories 

  • Normative political theory: How politics should be

  • Normative political science: The use of theories about how politics should be



  • Facts

  • Describe and explain

  • observational analysis



  • Values

  • How it should be 

  • prescribing and evaluation

  • Argumentational analysis




Empirically descriptive:

  • The Netherlands is a segmented but stable state.

Empirically explanatory:

  • The Netherlands is stable because it has a consensus democracy

Normative prescribing:

  • Segmented states should become a consensus democracy

Normative evaluated:

  • Consensus democracy is better for stability than a competitive democracy. 


Lecture 3: ontology and epistemology


Discussion about how a closed and final a theory is 

  • How do we look to reality and how do we cope with it


Philosophy of Science: philosophical research to assumptions, methods and results of scientific research. 

  • Meta-theory: About the core of reality 


  • Ontology: What is? What is knowable

  • Epistemology: What ought to be? How can we know?

  • Methodology: How can it

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