Politics Exam Paper, 2018

The University of York

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICS
FIRST YEAR EXAMINATIONS 2018

POLITICS B – THE WORLD OF POLITICS

Answer THREE questions, at least one from each section.

SECTION 1: THE DISCIPLINE OF POLITICS

1. Describe and assess the impact of two of the following political theories: Marxism, Capitalism, Fundamentalism, De-centrism, Radical Consumerism.

2. Discuss the following historical political concepts, and the key drivers behind their demise: State, Parliament, Manifesto, Election.

3. What contribution does decentralised network theory make to our understanding of politics?

4. Why has religion been such a central preoccupation and focus of debate in political science over the last 20 years?

5. Identify the main contributions, if any, of either environmentalism or ultra-local militancy to the study and practise of politics.

SECTION 2: WORLD POLITICS

1. What are some of the important factors that have contributed to the current division between the ‘conscious’ and ‘agnostic’ global political networks?

2. What role have assassinations played in political history? Discuss citing either Sweden, 2003; Tokyo 2005; Rio de Janeiro 2008 or London, Marseille, Frankfurt, Porto & Dublin, 2012.

3. Has the rise of CityStates in China contributed positively or negatively to the development process?

4. How did EasyPolitics lead to the rise of Radical Consumerism in Western Europe? Discuss giving examples of European Chief Executive Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s use of mass-media and ‘just-in-time’ politics.

5. “There is no such thing as money, only differences in your personal value network” – discuss in relation to the phasing out of the Euro and Dollar in 2015.

2 comments

  1. ChrisL

    This one doesn’t really work as well as the medistudies one. Q2 in section 2 says nothing, other than offering some quasi-Nostrodamus prophecies about when and where future assasinations might have been. your dates and time scould equally have been Dallas ’63, Sarajevo ’14, etc.

    The format is too elliptical, and doesn’t allow the reader to really engage with what you’re saying. It’s like you’re holding back from forming scenarios because of your doubts about the validity of the scenario format itself.

    Jonesy’s stories were flawed as genuine future scenarios in ‘proper’ sense, but they were wonderfully evocative, which these exam papers aren’t.

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