7 pages double spaced. No plagiarism.
Choose two of the prompts below to respond to. Make sure to answer each sub-
question. Your answers to these prompts should be written as short essays with a combined length of
5-7 pages, double-spaced.
in what sense is political science a science? What does it study? What is its relation to other
social sciences? Should political science strive to imitate the "hard sciences" or not? Do you
think it is possible and/or desirable to conduct value-free (political) science? Why or why not?
Be sure to define value-free science in your answer.
2. What is the social contract? What is it supposed to explain? According to the theories we read,
why is the social contract created and how? What are some criticisms of this theory? Do you
think the social contract can be used to analyze politics in the present? Why or why not? in your
answer, be sure to define the following terms: social contract, state of nature, sovereign,
Define the state and explain as best you can the origins of the modern nation-state. How do
states consolidate their rule? What is the meaning of Jegitimacy as it applies to states? Why is
the nation-state the dominant form of political organization in the world today?