POL 2104 C - Intro to Comparative Politics - Emily Regan Wills - 11 Feb. 10
- 3 sections
- 1) text identifications (25pts)
- a quote from a reading from this class
- major arguments learned in class
- 2) Case Studies (25 pts)
- answer 3/6 case study questions
- each question worth 8 points, 1 free point given
- Demonstrate knowledge of what happened in the case study and link it to what is said in
- 3) Essay (50 pts)
- Given a news article on current events
- not expected to know anything about it other than what’s on the sheet
- using concepts learned in class, write on it, relating to what we learned in class
- 1 sheet of notes permitted; if you develop your notes collectively with others, you need to have
everybody’s name on the sheet
- double-spaced, can be printed
- Check blackboard later today for the official midterm info sheet
Evidence: The Stickiest Point In The Response Papers
- The author is making an argument. (This is what you are summarizing in the first bit)
- That argument relies on both evidence (information about the world that is presented to you, the
reader) & theory (a concept of what is important, what relates to what, & how those relations
- What is the evidence on which the author relies? What type of evidence is it? What does it
lack? Is it convincing? If not why?
Justice as a Goal in Politics
- What is political justice?
- What are some mechanisms to get to it?
- What sort of political systems increase or decrease political justice?
- How can a concept of justice account for the fact that different places & times will have
different accounts of what is just? Amartya Sen
- Nobel Prize-winning economist & philosopher
- Responsible for developing the theoretical groundwork for the Human Development Index
- takes into account development indicators to compare c