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POSC 160 Braunwarth Final Review

The test will consist of short answer questions.  You will have the opportunity to select from four of six options.  The following list is intended to provide a guide for studying.  Questions on the exam will require critical and analytical thought as well as the integration of information from the course beyond the basic memorization of these terms.   Please bring either a large “blue book” or blank sheets of paper on which you can write your responses.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Office Space

Fight Club

V for Vendetta

Good Night and Good Luck

Birth of a Nation

Long Walk Home

Do the Right Thing

Wag the Dog

Canadian Bacon


Bob Roberts

The Candidate


Green Berets

Heaven and Earth

Apocalypse Now



Chapter One: United States Government and Politics

  • Thoreau’s “On Civil Disobedience”
  • Braunwarth’s “Participatory Democracy”

Chapter Three: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

  • Susan B. Anthony
  • ERA
  • Martin Luther King’s “Letters from the Birmingham City Jail”

Chapter Six: Interest Groups

  • Aichinger “Interest Groups: Eisenhower Warned Us”
  • Newton “Revisiting Eisenhower;s Farewell Address: The Military-Industrial Complex in the 21st Century”

Chapter Seven: Political Parties

  • What would a Viable Third Party Look Like?  Steve Candee
  • Political Parties and the State of Democracy in America Leon Newton

Chapter Eight: Elections and Campaigns

  • Voters: How Do They Decide? Dave Saffell

Chapter Ten: The Legislature

  • The Filibuster in Modern America   Bob DeWhirst

Chapter Eleven: The President and the Bureaucracy

  • The Electoral College in Modern America  Bob DeWhirst

Chapter Thirteen: Foreign Policy

  • An Analysis of Presidential Doctrines in American Foreign Policy  Marcus Stadelmann



In its entirety



The power of popular films to reinforce/create cultural values

The Theme of Power v. Freedom and how this theme is represented in the films we have seen and the Thoreau reading

Central Conflict and political themes in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

How One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is representative of U.S. society

How power imposes its will on individuals and the role of the individuals in the imposition of this power as presented in Cuckoo’s Nest, Office Space, Fight Club, V for Vendetta  

The degree to which major studio films require a protagonist or hero to portray social movements or hero-against-the-system storylines

The depiction of race in films as discussed in class and in the Parenti reading

News media’s norm of objectivity and how this affects how the media re-present the message of political actors

Braunwarth article on the importance of the news media and their responsibility to provide certain types of information

The role of interest groups and money in the behavior of politicians and their need to get re-elected

How and why the news agenda can be manipulated by political actors

Why don’t the media comment on or criticize the misleading statements of political actors?

News media driven by what people want to see rather than what they need to know

The ability to raise substantive and complex issues in political campaigns

Role of character attacks in politics

Role of powerful interest groups in political campaigns

Role of reporters/documentary filmmakers in political films

Public morality v. personal morality

Different foreign policy perspectives as presented in films we have seen

Justifications for committing troops abroad from the perspective of the attackers and the attacked

Last Updated: 11/16/2014
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