POLS 150 University of San Diego Comparative Politics Essay Questions

Hello, I have an Intro to Comparative Politics writing assessment. I can provide all class materials and the class text book which would help complete this assignment.

POLS 150 – Spring 2021

There is a 1250-word limit for each essay and I will deduct points if you write more than 1250 words for any of the essays.

Section I: Short Essay. Please answer ONE of the following TWO questions (62.5 points total). Be sure to define terms and to provide support where necessary.

1) You are having breakfast with your roommate and you are listening to the news on National Public Radio when you hear a news report on democracy around the world. In the news report, a political scientist from USD mentions that “of course, Brazil remains a flawed democracy while other countries, like Nigeria, is clearly an example of a semi-democracy.” Your roommate, who is studying marketing, and knows you study political science, says to you, “Why is Brazil considered a “flawed democracy” and Nigeria is considered a “semi-democracy.” I mean, what is the difference? All of you political science and IR majors really know how to make things complicated for the ordinary citizen! I learned in my ECON 102 class that because each of these countries have capitalist economic systems and have elections they are just normal democracies, like the UK, Sweden, or Germany.” You decide to respond to your roommate immediately! You take a deep breath and you begin to tell her why you agree and/or disagree with her statements. Based on what you have learned about these issues write out what you will say to your roommate. In your answer, you only need to compare Nigeria and Brazil to only one of the other three countries mentioned – UK, Sweden, or Germany. Be sure to define all significant terms and provide any relevant examples to support your answer (1250-word limit) (62.5 points).

2) You are having breakfast with your roommate and you are listening to the news on National Public Radio when you hear a news report on democracy around the world. In the news report, a political scientist from USD mentions that “of course, Iran is an example of an electoral authoritarianism regime democracy while other countries, like China and Russia, are clearly examples of authoritarian regimes.” Your roommate, who is studying marketing, and knows you study political science, says to you, “Why is Iran considered an example of an “electoral authoritarian regime” and Russia and China examples of “authoritarian regimes?” I mean, what is the difference – all three of these regimes have equally flawed elections! All of you political science and IR majors really know how to make things complicated for the ordinary citizen! I learned in my ECON 102 class that because each of these countries have non-capitalist economic systems and do not have free and fair elections that they all the same!” You decide to respond to your roommate immediately! You take a deep breath and you begin to tell her why you agree and/or disagree with her statements. Based on what you have learned about these issues write out what you will say to your roommate. Be sure to define all significant terms and provide any relevant examples to support your answer (1250-word limit) (62.5 points).

Section II: Short Essay. Please answer the following question (62.5 points total). YOU MUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION. Be sure to define terms and to provide support where necessary.

1) You have just finished lecturing your roommate about the differences between some countries that were mentioned in a news report on National Public Radio. You are exhausted and so is your roommate and you both decide to go to your separate rooms for a bit. You put on the amazing PS 150 Spotify playlist to relax a bit. But you can’t relax. You are still annoyed that your roommate does not understand the value of a political science and/or international relations degree. So, you decide to write her a letter. In this letter, you tell her the three most important lessons you learned about studying comparative politics this semester and you tell her why these are important you and for everyone to know. You also tell her about the three main questions that you still want to answer about comparative politics and you explain to her why these questions are important to you and for everyone to ask. When writing this letter to your roommate, be sure to refer to what you learned throughout the entire semester. You want to show your roommate (and your professor!) that you understand the main concepts we have discussed, as well as relevant information from our country case studies. Be sure to define all significant terms and provide any relevant examples to support your answer (1250-word limit) (62.5 points).

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