Ch. 3, Nations and Society (62-95)

Discussion Questions

Chapter 2

3-2-1 Exercise

Chapter Analysis

  1. How does this chapter contribute to our understanding of comparative politics?
  2. How does this chapter help us make sense of what goes on in "the real world"?
  3. How might we best address relevant issues or problems raised in/by this chapter?
  4. Create a discussion question that addresses some material from this chapter.

Critical Thinking

  1. Cite and explain an important thing you learned from this chapter.
  2. Why do you consider this particular thing important? Be specific.
  3. Apply something you learned from this chapter to your daily life.
  4. What questions did this chapter raise or leave unanswered for you?

Chapter 3

  1. Compose a group-authored discussion question. Be prepared to present your question and some relevant insights to the class.
  2. Describe your political attitude and ideology, using terms and concepts from today's chapter. In what ways are your attitude and ideology similar to or different from those of your peers?
  3. Align the Political Compass grid with Figure 3.3 on p. 85. Are these simply two pictures of the same thing? Explain your answer.
  4. In the coming years, do you think the resurgence of fundamentalism will "prove to be one of the most important developments in comparative politics" (89)? Offer (actual or hypothetical) examples to support your answer.
  5. How does a society's (broader) culture inform its political culture? What are some specific examples?
  6. Did any of the plotted results on the Inglehart Values Map surprise you? How so, or why not?
  7. Make as many connections as you can between the key terms listed on page 95. Be specific.

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