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Final Exam Study Guide - POLI 150: International Relations...

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Unformatted text preview: POLI 150: International Relations & World Politics - Spring 2010 Final Exam Study Guide General Advice You have a lot of time to take this exam. Use this to your advantage. When you first get the exam, read over each question carefully. Then, spend some time to organize your thoughts. Think about the concept and terms from class youll want to use to formulate your answers and also think about how the questions fit together. This is the time to ask questions if you have any confusion. If multiple questions seem to be asking the same thing, ask for clarification from me, Professor Oatley, or another TA. If you spend 10-20 minutes in the beginning to outline your response, you have a much higher chance of approaching the exam correctly as well as of clearly articulating causal processes. Remember, we are testing that you understand concepts rather than testing whether youve memorized key terms. If you can recall a concept, but you cant explain it, you havent fully answered the question. Course and Unit Themes There are two overarching themes of this course: 1. International order is achieved through a hegemon. This hegemon provides order (both in terms of security and economics) through public goods provision. The hegemon has many incentives to provide these public goods, mainly because as the largest power/economy, it stands to gain the most from stability. 2. Political processes can be depicted through strategic interaction. Political actors are rational and motivated by material considerations. We can often times depict the political process as a bargaining process in which multiple actors face incentives to reach a settlement (because there exists a range of settlements that all actors prefer to the status quo), but these possible settlements have differing distri-...
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Final Exam Study Guide - POLI 150: International Relations...

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