Doing Conceptual Analysis
Full course description
In this skills course, students will begin learning the method of conceptual analysis. Working from an introductory text in conceptual analysis, students will learn techniques to better understand the contexts through which diﬀerent concepts have been developed and the ways in which diﬀerent authors use the same concept for diﬀerent purposes. Students will also be asked to write a conceptual analysis of “democracy” as it is used in diﬀerent texts.
Students will be introduced to the method of conceptual analysis, including collecting information on the author and medium of publication; examining the semantic meaning of a concept; drawing out the kind of intervention an author intends through the use of a concept; and to better understand why concepts change over time. Students will exercise these skills through a written assignment.
Several articles and chapters from various books.