Scope and Methods of Political Science (Course number GOVT 700, Fall 2014)
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Class day & time: Tuesday, 12:30pm-1:30pm
The class introduces students to the discipline of Political Science and to specific political scientists at Georgetown University. To that end, I have asked faculty members to discuss or debate various methodological and disciplinary issues relevant to the practice of political science. A non-comprehensive list of topics that we will discuss includes: career trajectories, research papers, making sense of the sub-fields of Political Science (Comparative, IR, American, and Theory), making sense of multiple methods, political science and policy, how to get a job in political science and what it's like to be a new professor, fieldwork abroad, and how to get published.
(1) Attend all class meetings:
Be sure to click the links to the professors for each week and read about them BEFORE the class session. In most cases, the links will bring you to their Curriculum Vitae. Reading the CVs will give you a chance to learn more about the research agendas and educational backgrounds of some of the professors that you will be working with throughout your time at Georgetown. While reading them, think about what you would like your CV to look like someday...
(2) Attend an additional 3 academic talks (and turn in written discussions of each):
What academic talks can I attend? You have many available options. Our department subfields each have a speaker series, as do many of Georgetown's centers and institutes. Note that the *academic* talks that you attend must be social science talks. In other words, you cannot complete this requirement by attending policy briefings. If you have any doubts, please ask me in class whether a particular talk is appropriate. I provide links to various seminar series below.
After attending each talk, please provide a brief written discussion. The discussion should include (1) the name of the presenter, (2) the forum in which you attended the talk, (3) a short summary of the content of the talk and the discussion that followed, and (4) a few comments and questions of your own.
You must email the assignment to me AS AN ATTACHMENT within three days following the talk.
Seminar series that host *academic* talks
Centers, Institutes, and Forums which host academic talks on campus
ALSO: ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR ***JOB TALKS*** BOTH IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND IN THE SCHOOL OF FOREIGN SERVICE (WHICH OFTEN INTERVIEWS POLITICAL SCIENTISTS).
WHY IS THIS IN CAPITAL LETTERS AND BRIGHT YELLOW FONT? STUDENTS HAVE, IN THE PAST, OVERLOOKED FAR TOO MANY JOB TALKS. YOU WILL HAVE TO GIVE ONE OF THESE TALKS SOMEDAY, AND THE BEST WAY TO FIND OUT ABOUT THEM IS TO ATTEND THEM! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!