Theoretical and Empirical Critique on theory and evidence

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Theoretical and Empirical Critique on theory and evidence

Assignment: “Theoretical and Empirical Critique”

Paper Assignment
PL 103
Spring 2020

On two (2) occasions over the semester, students will offer a theoretical and empirical critique of one of the main authors on the syllabus. Students will seek out evidence from a foreign country and use it to (1) critique the theoretical argument in one of the readings labelled “theory and evidence” on the syllabus, and (2) support an alternative explanation of the phenomenon that that argument purports to explain. The purpose of these papers is to give students the opportunity to strengthen their capacities to engage in theoretical debates through original research. Students must

1.      Firstly, use empirical evidence from a country other than the United States and other than their country of origin. The reason for this stipulation is that this course is designed to bring you to contemplate systems with which you are not familiar.

2.      Secondly, use critical argumentation, based on evidence and reason, to suggest where an existing theoretical argument has limitations.

3.      Thirdly, generate a new hypothesis based on the empirical material the student is providing.

You will write the first paper on the first half of the course (Introduction to Comparative Politics). Then, the second paper on the second half (Introduction to International Relations). Both papers must be 2,000–2,500 words, typed, paginated, and double-spaced with Times New Roman font, size 12 font, and one-inch margins. Properly cite the sources you use and also include a bibliography at the end of the paper. Submit your papers as word documents on Blackboard through the corresponding assignment links.

Also, ensure that you include references for all the sources that you will use in writing this assignment paper.

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