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Introduction to Government and Politics

GOV 102 Spring 2017 Final Exam

Read this short story by Hanif Kureishi, “My Son the Fanatic, ” Also read this news article on Pope Francis and his criticisms of modern society.

In a conversation between Parvez the taxi driver and his son, Ali, Parvez says: “‘I love England….They let you do almost anything here.” Ali, replies: “That is the problem”.

Answer the following questions in roughly 1000 words. Integrate your answers into a single essay, don’t answer the questions separately.

  1. What are Ali’s criticisms of modern British society, and his criticisms of his father?
  2. Are there any similarities between these criticisms and those Pope Francis makes of modern western society in general?
  3. In light of what you learned from the documentary we saw on the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), are you sympathetic to Ali’s point of view?
  4. How do you understand the end of the story? Who is the fanatic?

Due May 4 by 11:59 pm via email in .doc or .docx file.

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Homegrown terrorism

In roughly 1000 words, discuss the Nov. 27th shootings in Colorado, allegedly by Robert Lewis Dear, in the context of the example of Paul Hill examined in the film “the Army of God,” and at least five others: the killings by David Gunn, John Salvi, Eric Robert Rudolph, James Kopp, and Scott Roeder; you may also choose to investigate the attacks mentioned in Jenkins and Henderson, below.

What did the shooters seem to have in common? Is there adequate attention paid to this topic in the US media? Why or why not, do you think?

Due Monday Dec. 7 in class

Readings:

Jenkins, The Christian Terrorist Movement No One Wants To Talk About

Henderson, 10 of the Worst Terror Attacks by Extreme Christians and Far-Right White Men

This paper requires you to do research several of the individuals mentioned above, so as to gather enough evidence to adequately compare them.

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Sumner paper GOV 102

In roughly 1500 words, address the following.  Due Thurs.March 2 in class.

There are political voices today that make a similar argument to that William Graham Sumner makes in “According to the Fitness of Things”. That is, several of the points Sumner makes are made today, especially in the context of debates on welfare. Discuss, and give examples, from 3-4 articles from reputable sources, after clearly explaining Sumner’s argument.

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GOV 102 Fall 2017 Paper #2

Using the articles below, as well as 2-3 articles from reputable sources, address the following in roughly 1500 words:

Choose a state that has enacted–or tried to enact–voter ID laws.  Were there cases of voter fraud in that state that motivated the legislature to pass such a bill?  If not, what were the motivations?

Due Thursday Feb. 9th in class

Sources:

Keyssar, The Strange Case of Voter Suppression

NCSL, Voter Identification Requirements–Voter ID Laws

ProPublica, Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws

For your research, you may wish to consult this Wikipedia page, but do not cite it in your paper, and you cannot use it as one of your sources. Instead, use it as a guide to specific information by state.

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Paper on Peter Singer “All Animals Are Equal”

Write a short essay of approximately 750 words, discussing the Singer article.  Give a brief synopsis of the article–what is his thesis statement?  Is the argument persuasive?  Why or why not?  Be sure to identify the specific passages that you may disagree with.

The paper must be emailed to me in a .doc or docx file by 11:59 Friday Feb 3.  It must be typed, double-spaced, and either stapled or paper-clipped.  The specific citation style is up to you, but do not make up your own.

Peter Singer, All Animals Are Equal

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Explaining recent deaths at the hands of the police

In about 1750 words, answer the following questions.  Due Friday June 26th by 11:59pm.

Do some research on the deaths of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray.  What happened in each case?  What are the similarities across cases?  Taken together, what does it all add up to?

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GOV 102: Nazi indoctrination

In roughly 1250 words (include the word count), stapled or paper-clipped, address the following, using the chapters from Heck, “Child of Hitler,” as well as lectures.

Discuss the indoctrination that Heck goes through as a child.  Which aspects of Nazi education are most effective in this regard?  What were the basic tenets of the Nazi creed (from Hitler, Nation and Race), and how were they transmitted to children?  Is Heck convinced?

Due Monday April 10th, by 11:59pm, via email. Please send me the file; don’t send a link to Google Documents.

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