1) What is political science? What other cross-disciplines does political
science encompass? What are the sub-disciplines of political science?
2) Read the PDF From Crusader to Exemplar: Bush, Obama and the Reinvigoration of America's Soft Power Ellen Hallams (2011) The article discusses the difference between SOFT POWER AND HARD POWER
What is the difference between soft power and hard power and can you provide examples of each? According to the article, how did Obama position himself more as a 'soft power president' and has he been successful in doing so?
3) Do you think that the US should engage in more Hard power or Soft Power techniques in maintaining its role as a major player in world politics? If so, what are some ways it could do so? (This is an open-ended question, so there is no right or wrong answer).
4) According to the posts, "How Scientific is Political Science" from the Guardian and "How Relevant is Political Science" from the New York Times, what is the problem or some of the issues with mainstream political science that the authors try to point out?