POL203 w Parent study guide
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POL202: M ID-TERM E XAM S TUDY S HEET SPRING 2011 The midterm exam will be on Tuesday 3/8 in our regular classroom between 9:30 – 10:45 AM. If you know that you will not be in town that day (for an athletic, club, religious, or family event) you must contact me immediately to reschedule your exam. If you need testing accommodations you must contact the Academic Resource Center immediately to arrange them. Should you be unable to take the test next Tuesday for some emergency reason, the makeup exam will be held immediately following our final exam in May. The test will have 3 parts: In Part I (Honor Code) you will be asked to read and sign a statement that your work on this exam is in keeping with the University of Miami Honor Code. While you may – and are encouraged to – study with others, the work on this exam must be your own, using no materials other than a pencil and the exam, blue book, and bubble sheet distributed in class. In Part II (Multiple Choice) you will answer 20 multiple choice questions. 50% of your mid-term exam grade will come from this section. In Part III (Essay) of the exam, you will write one essay answer; this will determine the other 50% of your mid-term exam grade. Your answers will be graded according to the following criteria: a) accuracy b) thoroughness c) explanatory power. That is, your answer must be correct, you must answer all parts of the essay question, and you must analyze how and why certain results occurred. Resources you can draw upon when studying… 1. The King article under the “Assignments” section of the Blackboard website. 2. The textbook, readings on Blackboard, and class notes. 3. If you have questions, come by the teaching assistants’ or my office hours (see below). 4. Form a study group with others in the class. 5. Get a tutor: The Academic Development Center offers trained tutors. Call 284- 2800, stop by the Center at N201 in the University Center, or check out their website at www.miami.edu/academic-development. rd Pre Exam Office Hours on the 3 floor of the School of Business: Dr. Davidson-Schmich, Thursday March 3 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM, 314-J Jenkins Building th Ms. Beverly Barrett, Monday March 7 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, 312-B Jenkins Building W HAT TO STUDY FOR THE M ULTIPLEC HOICEQ UESTIONS We have covered a lot of ground during this course. Your main job now is to work on seeing the forest through the trees. This will not be an exam of picky details but rather one geared toward assessing whether you’ve understood the main themes of the class. To guide your studying for the multiple choice section, you should be able to answer the following questions by the midterm: 1. What various definitions of democracy have been used? What does polyarchy entail? Does polyarchy actually exist anywhere in the world? What principles undergird democracy? What do Karl and Schmitter say democracy does not entail? 2. What is democratization and democratic consolidation? Once elections are held, do democracies always consolidate? What does the historical record indicate? According to Sodaro, what factors have been hypothesized to promote democratic consolidation? 3. What do economic and political modernization involve? In other words, how did Balgat change between 1950 and 1954? If we look around the world, what types of developers are there? How do they differ from one another? What external factors may help or hinder economic development? 4. Robert Gilpin describes three ideologies of political economy. How do these differ from one another in terms of the who they believe the key actor in economic life is, what they believe the goal of economic life to be, and how they envision foreign economic relations? What economic policies do adherents of these 3 schools believe to be appropriate? What pros and cons do you see to these theories? 5. You should be able to identify the UK and its component parts on a map. 6. How would you characterize British economic development prior to WWII? How did this type of development affect Britain’s status in the world? What new domestic political actors did industrialization in the UK create? What were their political preferences? How did British economic development differ from that in Germany? 7. British democratization is considered gradual. What do scholars mean by this? 8. You should be able to identify today’s Federal Republic of Germany on a map. (Don’t worry about how the borders of Germany have changed over time.) 9. How would you characterize German economic development prior to WWII? How did this type of development affect Germany’s foreign relations? What new domestic political actors did German industrialization create? How did their political preferences differ from British actors? How did German economic development differ from that in Britain? 10. What is the difference between East and West Germany? What happened to these countries in 1990? 11. After WWII West Germany adopted the Basic Law. What were the goals (i.e., the “D’s”) of the framers of post-war German democracy? How did the Germans learn from the mistakes of their past? 12. Today both Germany and the UK are parliamentary systems. How do parliamentary systems differ from the US’s presidential system? What are the pros and cons to the German and British forms of parliamentary democracy? 13. What are the main political parties in Germany and the UK? What are their stances on economic, social, or other issues? Which parties are big and which are small? The UK has a 2 party system and Germany has a multiparty system. What are advantages and disadvantages of each? 14. How do the PR, plurality, and mixed electoral systems used in the UK, Weimar Republic, and contemporary Germany differ in terms of district magnitude, who voters vote for, how the winner is determined, how seats are awarded and who gets these seats? What are some effects of these electoral systems including the type of government formed in a parliamentary system, the resulting party system and choices for voters, the chances for women, voter turnout, and whether or not people have a clear representative to turn to? 15. Who are the social partners? What are their goals, strengths, and weaknesses vis-à-vis one another. 16. How would you characterize the UK’s post-1979 Liberal Market Economy? How are the social partners organized today and how do they relate to one another? What types of products does this economy produce and why? What are some advantages of this system? Disadvantages? In what ways does this system represent a break from the UK’s past? In what ways is it a continuation? 17. How would you characterize the German Social Market Economy? How are the social partners organized and how do they relate to one another? What type of products does this economy produce and why? What are some advantages of this system? Disadvantages? In what ways does this system represent a break from Germany’s past? In what ways is it a continuation? 18. Families in both countries today face challenges in balancing paid employment and childrearing. How do the challenges differ across the two countries? 19. Where do immigrants to Germany and Britain come from? What types of attitudes do the native born populations have toward immigrants? 20. How do these countries feel about the war on terror, civil liberties, and the European Union? What are their relationships with the US and the EU like? E SSAY Q UESTIONS TWO of the following questions will appear on the exam. You must answer ONE of them. Question 1: Development & Democratization in Britain and Germany. In both the United Kingdom and Germany economic development was closely related to political development. Compare and contrast the two countries’ historical experiences making the transition to economic and political modernization. How did the British form of industrialization (that is, its form of economic development, modernizing from an agrarian to an industrial society) help British democratization? How did the German experience of industrialization hinder democratization there? In your answer be sure to explain how economic modernization/development occurred and what type of political systems were in place in each country prior to World War I. When comparing Britain and Germany, contrast in each case the roles played by traditional agricultural elites, the monarchy, newly created industrialists and unions, as well as the timing of the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society. Can you observe any legacies of these forms of democratization and/or economic modernization in these countries today? Question 2: The Liberal Market Economy and the Social Market Economy Compare and contrast the market economies present in Germany and the UK today. (NOTE: This question only refers to the post-1979 period in the UK.) What similarities do these economies have? What differences? In your answer you should explicitly compare the organization of the social partners and the ways in which they interact in both cases. What effect does this organization/ interaction have on the strategies businesses pursue in a global economy, the kinds of benefits that workers receive, and the way these economies have weathered the recent economic crisis? In your mind, is one of these types of market economy superior to the other? Why or why not? Question 3: Political parties and Party Systems. Although both Germany and the UK are democracies, voters there have different options open to them. Characterize the party systems in each country: how many politically significant parties does each country have and where are they located in the policy space? What are some advantages and disadvantages of each party system? How do they influence the workings of the parliamentary system (that is, executive- legislative relations) in each case? How do the different electoral systems (that is, the methods use to elect candidates to the legislative branch) used in these countries shape their party systems? Finally, do you believe that one of these party systems is superior to the other? Why or why not? A GOOD ESSAY …. Answers all parts of the question Doesn't waste time on what the question doesn't ask Is factually correct and covers a broad range of variables Is explicitly comparative Don't just talk about each country in isolation. Say how they are similar to or different from each other. One way to force yourself to be comparative is not to organize your essay on a country-by-country basis but on a topic-by- topic basis. Explains how and why certain variables lead to a certain result For example, if the question were to ask about the relationship of the electoral system to the type of people elected, you would need to be as specific as possible. Explain, for example, that the second vote allows German parties to select lists of candidates where they can strategically place women at the top of the list, or in a certain percentage of the spots, to ensure they get elected. The UK's plurality system has a district magnitude of 1, which means sets cannot be divided up on the basis of gender. Male incumbents tend to get nominated again and again shutting women out.
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