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POLS 110 Final: Pols 110A Exam Info and Sample Questions

Political Studies
Course Code
POLS 110
Eleanor Mac Donald
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Pols 110A Fall 2013: Information about Final Exam
Format of Exam:
•Three (3) Sections
•Choice of questions in each section
•Answer one question in each section
•Each answer is worth the same amount
•All answers are worth 33.3%
•All answers take the form of short essays
Section A: (worth 33.3%)
•These questions require you to show your knowledge of one of the central themes
or issues in the study of politics and to take a position in relation to the question.
Section B: (worth 33.3%)
•Choose one of the following questions and compare and contrast how the concept
is dealt with in the two different ideologies indicated.
Section C: (worth 33.3%)
•These questions ask you to compare and contrast the likely responses of two
different ideologies to a contemporary political event or issue.
•Keep in mind that you are only being asked to speculate about the "likely" response
of each ideology.
•On the basis of what you know about the ideology, how do you think someone from
that ideological perspective would perceive or respond to the event or issue, and
why do you think so?
•You are not expected to have detailed knowledge of any of the events or issues in
any of the questions.
Sample Questions
Sample Questions for Section A
1) There are competing theories of the state. Describe three of these theories and
argue for the one that you think offers the best analysis of the state.
2) A feature of many ideologies is that they see their own perspective as “true” and
opposing views as “ideological”. Choose three ideologies that take this position,
explain and evaluate their reasons for doing so. Your answer should also consider
the implications of this discussion for the study of politics.
Sample Questions for Section B
1) Compare and contrast the relevance of the concept of “authority” in conservatism
and fascism.
2) Compare and contrast the relevance of the concept of “reason” in
environmentalism and fascism.
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