Study Questions

  1. What is the difference between Idealism and Realism? Can provide examples of the clash between the ideal and reality in today’s politics?
  2. Why is fiction a good tool for the study of politics?
  3. Why do political theorists and political actors use utopian themes? How can these themes help us to identify flaws in “perfect worlds”?
  4. What are the differences between political theories and political ideologies?
  5. As a potential consumer viewing the commercials for different political ideologies, what questions would you want answered before you would buy each product?
  6. What is it that makes politics a difficult concept to define?
  7. How is the study of politics different from the study of natural sciences (for example, biology and chemistry)?