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emos are one-page (750 word minimum) single-spaced essays (no more than 10 font) and are due in the morning on Blackboard before we discuss assigned readings (a physical copy must also be brought to class). Memos are not mere summaries of course reading material but intellectual interrogations. They must reflect your ability to discuss central ideas, synthesize, reflect, and critically evaluate the central thematic points intersecting weekly readings. To assist in this process, below are discussion questions to facilitate your probing of the course readings and to help stimulate your written responses. Ensure that you write in a grammatically correct manner and alignment and spacing utilized are in accordance with standard academic custom. Note that you must not utilize outside information (from the internet or otherwise). The only information to be utilized is assigned readings. Evidence to the contrary may result in an ungraded memo. If you are paraphrasing or quoting the articles or textbook, please ensure that you cite in accordance with standard academic custom (eg. Mills, 22 or Berger, 15 The memo is due Friday, December 9th 2016 by 6:00 am in the Turnitin Dropbox on Blackboard. There will be no make up memos and late memos will not be. Plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty will result disciplinary measures. Memos are worth 10 points and are pass or fail. Guided Questions: Answer 2 or more of the following questions ensuring that you demonstrate knowledge of the major themes in the textbook and articles under discussion. Your answers should succinctly synthesize the interlocking themes across the assigned readings. 1) Discuss the three dimensions of power according to your text. 2) According to your text, how is power organized and distributed in America? What are the implications? 3) What is the “state” from a sociological perspective? How are states connected to powerful interests? 4) What are political action committees and why do they matter within the U.S. political system?

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