Final Exam Essay Topics


Write an essay based on one of these topics. The essay is due by 1 pm on Thursday, 3 May at 517 Ross Hall.

Caution: The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate your grasp of concepts and evidence from across the course. Essays that draw heavily on one book or a few weeks’ readings will not receive as high a grade as those draw more broadly on the readings and discussion.

  1. Criticize or defend this assertion: “The autonomy and legitimacy of IOs is under challenge as never before – states oppose multilateral IO decisions and NGOs deplore their un-democratic procedures and ineffective performance. The solution is clear – increase the authority and power of IOs while democratizing their decisionmaking procedures.”
  2. Identify the two greatest successes and the two greatest failures of IOs. What explains the successes and the failures? Is there a common factor or variable?

New Formatting Rules

The essay should be 1900-2100 words in length. 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 Verdana or Arial. (While sans serif fonts, like this one, are easier to read on monitors, they are harder to read, for me at least, on printed paper.) Have a separate title page with 1) your name, 2) your student ID number, and 3) the group and essay number printed on it. Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade “blind”). 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 what topic you are answering.

There are two margin and line-spacing options:

a) Text may be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins, or

b) Text may be single-spaced but with a 2-inch left-hand margin and 1-inch right-hand margin.