Final Exam Review Class
o Vote, elections and political parties – first past the post vs. proportional
representation and their pros and cons. Functions of political parties and
their problems in contemporary times.
o Civil society – their origins and importance – the media and it’s effects –
challenges of social media, it’s impact on politics and economics.
o International relations – anarchy, power politics (realist and liberals and
their differing views on how to achieve peace and security in international
politics). Neorealism and neoliberalism. Security dilemma. Mutual
deterrence. Cold war.
o Distribution of power in IR – unipolar and other polars. Difference between
liberal and realist approaches to security (the UN and Security council –
functions of UN etc.) State security to human security.
o Alternative theories of – dependency, Postcolonialism, Poststructuralism,
constructivism etc. Know some of the key assumptions of these theories.
o You have to know how English School vs. constructivism, liberalism, realism
o You have to know what realists will say about the situation in Syria, or
elsewhere – areas for humanitarian intervention.
o International organizations and IPE – nongovernmental and governmental.
The UN – major international organization in IR. IMF, World Bank, World
Trade organization (post world war as economic institutions – not just to
prevent another war).
o Anarchy is a concept in IR – anarchy as an ideology is different than anarchy
in IR. Both realists and liberals and some constructiv