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Semester 2 Autumn Repeat Examinations 2011/ 2012 Exam Code(s) 2BA1, 2BA6, 2BHR1, 2BFS1, 2BWM1, 2BIS1, 2BCS1,
1OA1, 1EM Exam(s) Sociological & Political Studies Module Code(s) SP219 Module(s) Political Sociology Paper No. Repeat Paper
External Examiner(s) Dr. John Barry
Dr. Iain Wilkinson Internal Examiner(s) Professor Chris Curtin
Dr. Niall O Dochartaigh
Answer THREE questions
Duration 2 Hours
No. of PagesSchool: Political Science & Sociology Course Co-ordinator(s) Dr. Niall O Dochartaigh Requirements: NONE Release to Library: Yes
SP219Political Sociology Answer THREE questions. Time allowed: TWO Hours 1. Why is nationalism an essential feature of modernization, according to
modernist theories of nationalism? Evaluate Ernest Gellner’s theory of nationalism.
2. How important were warfare, and preparations for warfare, to the development
of the modern nation-state? 3. How have theorists sought to explain the origins and changing character of the
modern state? 4. EITHER
What are the main characteristics of the ‘social’ state? Please use examples in your answer.
How does T. H. Marshall theorise the relationship between citizenship and social class? What are the strengths and weaknesses of his theory?
5. Discuss some of the ways in which rulers seek to legitimate their rule. 6. Which approach, in your view, is better at explaining the emergence of new
social movements: resource mobilisation theory (RMT) or new social movement theory (NSMT)?
7. Weber described the growth of rationalization in society as an "iron cage".
Discuss this with reference to his ideas on state bureaucracy. 8. How does globalisation affect the position of the nation-state? Are forces of globalisation more likely to impede or foster nationalist claims?