Review for American Politics Comp. Exams

  AMERICAN POLITICS comp exam prep. time… Interest Groups: Pipes and Flutes for Interest Groups Interest Groups Maim the Median Voter An Interest Group Walks into a Comp. Exam Participation: Democracy Doubts Citizens, But Then Lets Go. Democracy: By Huh? and Duh? Why Americans Don’t Vote Beyond Socioeconomic Status (SES) The American Voter, then. Divided Government Means Lower Voter Turnout Federalism: Block-Republicans, Categorical-Democrats? E.E. Schattschneider’s “scope…

20th Century Comp. Exams vs. 21st Century Comp. Exams

Authentic assessment is a major area of research in the field of education in the early 21st century. Scholars have experimented with modes of assessment. Overall, most find that evaluators receive more accurate results when students are provided a rubric prior to completion of the assessment. Testing conditions may vary; however, the rubric (e.g., objective…

Notes on Bourdieu

Bourdieu (2004) The Science of Science and Reflexivity “One’s social past is particularly burdensome when it comes to doing social science – whatever that past and that identity may be, working-class or bourgeois, male or female,” writes Bourdieu (p. 109). What does he have in mind in making this comment? How does a “socioanalysis” work…

“A New Democracy Designer” Walks into a Comp. Exam

Advice for passing comps: …identify the big normative question in your answer. There are two such reasons I can think of off-hand. First, it demonstrates to your examiner that you understand why scholars care about the much-more-specific political science question that you are being asked to address. Second, it provides you with a tool to…