Political Science 1300
Part A. – Essay Questions
For the Final examination, please answer TWO of the following questions in
essay form. Each answer should be between 250 and 500 words. Each question will be
worth 50% of your grade for this exam. I am not going to light it on fire if it is longer or
shorter, but I did want to give you some parameters. Also, if you ever question whether
or not to include an idea or an example, I would suggest that you err on the side of
caution and do so.
Please contact me with any questions.
- Explain the argument that humans are innately aggressive and that war is an
inevitable result of human nature. Also, examine the contrasting perspective, that
this is a learned behavior. Which do you find more convincing and why? Be sure
to support your argument with examples.
- List and explain the factors that caused the United States to become involved in the
Vietnam War. Do you believe this decision to be warranted? What type of war was
it? How did the objectives of the North Vietnamese/NLF differ from those of the
United States? What lessons – if any – have been learned from the conflict?
- It has been said that NATO was created to “keep the Americans in, the Russians
out, and the Germans Down”. Which, if any, of these three elements remain
operative? What challenges has the organization faced over the past 25 years and
how has it responded? Do you believe NATO to be relevant in the current age?
Why or Why not? Finally, how aggressive do you believe NATO should be in
terms of expansion?
- Explain how the concept of war has changed over the past century. What factors
have prompted this change? Do you agree with the notion of “a democratic
peace”? Why or why not?
- Discuss the motivations for each of the founding members of the European Coal
and Steel Commission. Also, explain why, Britain, which was invited to join,
opted to stay on the sidelines. How have the perspectives of Britain, France and
Germany differ? Also, how have they changed as the organization has evolved?
- Provide a brief description of the operation and purposes of the European Union.
The body has undergone some significant changes over the past ten years, what are
they? Which do you believe to be the most significant? Do you believe that we will
see a “United States of Europe” in your lifetime?
- Explain the arguments supporting the policy of mercantilism. How does one justify
this approach and why do you believe it to be politically popular? What are the
strengths and weakness of this approach and do you favour it as a model to guide
trade policy for the United States? Why or Why not?
- Explain the arguments supporting the policy of economic liberalism. How does
one justify this approach? What are the strengths and weakness of this approach
and do you favour it as a model to guide trade policy for the United States? Why or