This is your final exam, which is an essay question. I expect 3-5 pages with an in-depth answer, based on what you have
learned in this course.
And here it is:
We currently have a lame duck President, and several contenders for the job for the next presidential election. What social
problem would you tell him/her to focus on? What is the cause of that problem, and what are some solutions s/he
might consider? Think of yourself as an advisor, and write a memo to the President or candidate, explaining your issue,
cause and solution. You might perhaps explain a theoretical point of view or all of them (functionalist, conflict,
or interactionist) on the problem, and tell him/her why you are choosing that point of view. Keep in mind the
cost/benefit practical side of politics, and how hard it is to get a consensus! It is also important to find
an issue that will make the electorate listen, and be willing to spend time or money to solve. You may give
h/er/im data that supports your solution or defines the problem. You must be persuasive and clear! Remember, s/he
has many issues to juggle, and you are trying to convince h/im/er that YOUR problem is the one that either most people want
to solve, or that will benefit the nation in the short or long-run, and get the attention of the public to get his party or
Please, double space your writing, put it in the form of a memo to your candidate,
and write "FINAL" on the first page.
This exam is worth 25 points out of your 100 for the course. Show me you learned something!