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Final Exam Essay Topics - Pol S 346

Final Exam Essay Topics

Write an essay in response to one of the topics below. The essay is due at 3 pm on 5 May (Friday) at my office, 517 Ross Hall.


Each essay should be 5-6 pages long (1400-1600 words). Essays must be typed or machine-printed and stapled (no paper clips or folders). Do not use colored paper. Keep a copy of your submitted essay. Use fonts no smaller than 12 points. Use a serifed font, like Times New Roman and not sans serif fonts, like Arial or Verdana

This font has serifs.                   This font does not have serifs. Don’t use it.

Please have a separate title page with 1) your name and 2) your student ID number printed on it. Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade blind). Text should be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins. Number the pages of text.

Put the number of the topic you are answering or the first phrase of the topic at the top of the first page of the essay text so that I know which topic you are answering.


This is a final exam essay so you should be using arguments and evidence from across the course, not just one or two weeks.  Be sure to provide examples from the readings, including WebCT article postings if relevant. These topics are designed to make you integrate various themes covered in the course. Put more bluntly: if you construe the question narrowly, I will construe your grade narrowly.


1. Criticize or defend this statement:

 “Robert Cottrell's argument in 'Meet the Neighbours' is deeply flawed because if the EU widens and deepens unevenly there will be no possibility of a pan-European political identity forming. As a consequence, intra-European rivalries will re-emerge and the political and economic progress of the past 50 years will erode. The dream of united Europe will die."

 2. Criticize or defend this statement:

 "The questions of EU membership for Russia, Turkey and the Balkan states are misleading. Europeans cannot dwell happily in peace, safety, and freedom because their countries are riven by the struggle between supporters of ossified economic and political institutions and their would-be reformers. The faults with Europe are within itself."