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DIPL1101 Fall 2007 First Exam Information I. The exam is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11 from 10-11:15 am (Section AA) and 11:30 am -12:45 pm (Section AB). There will be three parts to the exam. Part I uses a multiple choice format; there will be twenty questions. In Part II you are asked to identify six terms from a list of eight. They should be answered with responses of 1-3 sentences in length (and no longer). Part III will be short answer (1-2 paragraphs; do not treat them as essay questions); you will have a choice of three out of five questions to answer. The exam covers material from Lectures 1-9 of the course. Material will come from texts, lectures, and class notes. Don’t forget to bring a blue book to the exam . Grading Part I: multiple choice 40% 20 questions, 2 pts. each Part II: term identification 30% 6 terms, 5 pts. each Part III: short answer 30% 3 questions, 10 pts. each II. How to answer the term and the short-answer questions : a. Sample term and answer: Cold War : the post-WWII rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union, as well as their competing coalitions, which sought to contain each other’s expansion through an arms race, and win worldwide predominance for capitalism (U.S.) or communism (USSR). b. Sample question and answer: Question: Briefly discuss the main features of post-totalitarianism. Answer: A post-totalitarian regime has the following features that set it different from an authoritarian state or democracy. First, while the state presence is still overwhelming, there is limited social, economic, and institutional pluralism. For example, it may allow the rise of a private economy. Second, the guiding ideology (e.g., communism) is still officially in place, but is increasingly seen as a living lie. Third, there is a progressive loss of interest in mass mobilization. Fourth, leaders in post-totalitarian states are seldom charismatic; most are technocrats who form a collective leadership structure. III. Study guide The exam will focus on the following materials and texts: Lecture 1: What is Politics? 1. Definition of politics a. “Politics comprises the process by which rulers are selected and empowered to make decisions, take action to attain common goals, and reconcile conflicts within a political community.” b. gets what, when and how c. the study of ways of transcending the Prisoners’Dilemma” 2. Prisoner’s Dilemma and its relevance in ending civil wars 1
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a. It would be in the best interests of states not to attack each other, however fear of being attacked themselves leads them to attack and begin a war. Both sides must be committed to a cease fire for this to work. To end a civil war you need demilitarization. Lecture 2: Generic Concepts 1. characteristics of the state a. centralized regulation of important aspects of social life i.e. taxation i. The state is a human community that claims the legitimate monopoly of the use of physical force within a given territory ii. State building and the end of privately-provided violence (think about Iraq)
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