1. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of elite theory. In your essay be sure to discuss the work of

1. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of elite theory. In your essay be sure to discuss the work of Mosca and Michels. You should also discuss any relevant material found in the lectures. Feel free to supplement your discussion with your own observations of politics and society. (However, be sure to demonstrate you knowledge of the material that we have studied.)

Learning Resources: Readings in text by Mosca and Michels. Lectures included in the module on elite theories

2. Compare and contrast how Lenin and Bernstein would respond to the following question. “How is socialism to be achieved?”

Learning Resources: Readings in text by Lenin. Lectures on Lenin and Bernstein. Videos and other materials included in the socialism module could be helpful

3. Describe and evaluate the approaches of Weber and Strauss to the study of politics

Learning Resources: Readings in text by Weber and Strauss. Lectures on Weber and Strauss. Other materials provided in the first and second modules could be helpful

4. Discuss the main points of fascism as a political ideology. Mention the intellectual roots of fascism in the counter enlightenment. Discuss nazism as a variant of fascism. Briefly mention some of the cause of fascism

Learning Resources. Lecture on fascism. Readings by Mussolini and Arendt. Videos included in the fascism module

There is no need to use outside sources. Everything that you need has been provided in the course modules.

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