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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO Political Science 12 International Relations Fall Quarter 2009 Philip G. Roeder F INAL E XAMINATION E SSAY Write a concise essay responding to the following claim: “The most important threat to international peace in the future will result from the rise of China to challenge American hegemony.” A few caveats (a) Your essay will not be graded on whether you take the “correct” stand, but on your skill in developing an argument to support your stance and in using the materials covered in the course to support your argument . (b) The prompt begins by making a statement about developments that may only culminate in the future, but political scientists cannot study the future. Usually political scientists look to evidence from the past—to what has happened so far—in order to project developments into the future. Instructions 1. You should write an essay of no more than five typewritten (double-spaced) pages . 2. Your essay should show good expository style : A thesis statement opens the essay (normally in the very first paragraph) with an answer to the essay question. Subsequent paragraphs develop this proposition with explanations for the causal connection you claim. Empirical evidence supports major assertions in the logical development of your thesis. (In this context, empirical evidence refers to “patterns in the facts” that are revealed through comparison of a few or many cases.) 3. Your answer to this question should draw upon theoretical and factual materials found in the lectures and the readings . Your essay should demonstrate that you have actively engaged in critical analysis of some major arguments in this course and you know how to use them to analyze the “real” world. Yet, these are
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