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Week 4 Discussion (1 of 2)

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Download the American Government textbook (PDF version) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to view the page numbers, which you need to cite in your response to the below prompt. You will not see page numbers if you just view the book online.

Choose either Prompt A or Prompt B. Before you respond, make it clear which prompt you are choosing.

Prompt A: Using Chapter 6 of American Government, explain four agents of political socialization. Which one applies to you? Explain how this agent applies to you. If you are a non-participant in our political process, you can answer this prompt by explaining which of the four agents you think is the most critical in explaining why others vote the way they do. Then, give non-political examples of how the socialization agent applies to you.

Prompt B: Using Chapter 6 of American Government, explain how the political culture of a state, the workplace, and political elites can influence/shape public opinion. Explain examples that demonstrate how each of the three factors can influence public opinion. Then choose one of the three factors and explain how you see this factor play itself out in your family, among your friends, in your workplace, community, etc.

Initial post is due Thursday; 2 follow-ups are due by Sunday. No posts will be accepted after Sunday.

Support your statements by bringing in and explaining the definitions and examples in the text. *In all discussions, make sure to cite which pages you are referencing. For example, “According to page 26….” or “The author states that the political process matters because… (pg. 26).”

For tips on how to earn as many points as possible on discussions and to see samples, check out Tips for Discussions & Sample Posts. To view a tutorial on how to find the rubric (which you should read before you submit), watch the following video:

Week 4 Discussion (2 of 2)

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Download the American Government textbook (PDF version) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to view the page numbers, which you need to cite in your response to the below prompt. You will not see page numbers if you just view the book online.

Choose either Prompt A or Prompt B. Before you respond, make it clear which prompt you are choosing.

Prompt A: According to Chapter 7 of American Government, explain four reasons why many U.S. citizens do not turn out to vote. If you tend not to vote, explain which one of the reason(s) most aligns with your reason(s) for not voting. If you do tend to vote, explain why you think mandatory voting should or should not be implemented in the U.S.

Prompt B: According to Chapter 7 of American Government, explain the difference between prospective and retrospective voting. How is incumbency advantage a form of retrospective voting? Explain at least two advantages incumbents have over challengers. Given the advantages incumbents have over challengers, do you support term limits for members of Congress (that is, limiting the number of terms they can serve)? Why or why not? Explain your answer.

Initial post is due Thursday; 2 follow-ups are due by Sunday. No posts will be accepted after Sunday.

Support your statements by bringing in and explaining the definitions and examples in the text. *In all discussions, make sure to cite which pages you are referencing. For example, “According to page 26….” or “The author states that the political process matters because… (pg. 26).”

Topic Selection

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Topic Selection

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Since we are wrapping up our unit on civil liberties and rights, we can now begin the research process for your paper on a recent Supreme Court decision that has impacted 1st Amendment rights.

Spend time researching the below cases to find the ONE that is most interesting to you. You must select from the list below or you earn points for the research assignment components. Then, on this board, address all of the following:

  • Provide a brief summary (background details/context) of the case.
  • What did the Supreme Court decide in its ruling on the case? (I emphasize “Supreme Court” here because students may erroneously confuse lower court decisions with the final Supreme Court ruling – do not focus heavily on lower court rulings. You need to write about the Supreme Court decision).
  • Finally, share your preliminary thoughts on the Supreme Court’s decision – do you agree or disagree? Explain why. Be more specific than “I agree with the Supreme Court’s decision because it’s the right decision.”

List of Cases:

  1. Packingham v. North Carolina (2017)
  2. United States Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International (2013)
  3. US v. Alvarez (2012)

You must choose one of the above cases for this assignment. If you choose another case, you will not earn any points for this assignment.

While you are encouraged to respond to your classmates to help them clarify their ideas or let them know they are on the right track, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RESPOND TO OTHER STUDENTS IN THIS FORUM. Only your initial post will count for this discussion. No posts will be accepted after the deadline.

To view a tutorial on how to find the rubric (which you should read before you submit), watch the following video

Analytical Paper

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Essay Prompt:What kinds of principles should guide the creation of an ideal society? Why do you find those principles convincing? Who might disagree with those principles and why? Try to think of a practical policy that might advance the set of principles you outlined. What kind of political contention would occur if you implemented such a policy in the United States? What if it were implemented in a country with different institutions? How might your proposed policy be implemented globally? How might the structure and institutions of the international system undermine or assist your proposal?

Criteria:-Include a clear introduction that roadmaps the paper and motivates your essay

-Effectively argue for a principle of justice, while also pointing out some of the arguments against it (referencing the two readings on The State: Hobbes Leviathan and Power, Bystanders to Genocide)

-Advocate a policy that is clearly connected to your vision of justice and do a good job of considering some of the political divisions and contestation the idea might involve in the United States and in one other country (referencing the readings on Democracy: Schumpeter, Inglehart, and Gunitsky).

-Seriously consider how you might implement a global version of your policy, and some of the ways the global power structure and institutions might produce conflict (or cooperation) over your proposal.

-Effectively summarizing your paper with a conclusion, and fleshing out the implications of your argument.

American Healthcare

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One of the most divisive and economically pressing questions in U.S. domestic policy over the last several decades has been healthcare. The United States spends twice as much in terms of Gross Domestic Product on healthcare as the next biggest spender in the advanced world, and yet our average lifespan is less than most of the countries on the list. The debate in the U.S. is over whether or not healthcare should be a part our larger commercial system, and hence accessed through private insurers giving the consumer more “choice,” or whether healthcare access should be guaranteed to all through either a hybrid public/private system (like Obamacare) or a more robust public system in which healthcare is guaranteed to all residents through a government-run healthcare program, with a potential downside of having less “choice” in such a system. Public polling suggests that there is no bigger public policy issue that Americans care about as much as healthcare at this point in our nation’s history.

For the discussion, which of the various options listed above (or options that you have researched on your own) do you support as the way forward for the American healthcare system? Explain your answer, arguing for its superiority over the other options.

Your initial discussion postings (250-300 words) should demonstrate an understanding and analysis of the assigned readings and video.

Contemporary US foreign policy issues

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Instructions:

The reviews MUST follow this Format/Content:

  1. All the readings for each week of the syllabus should be covered in the corresponding Review. The degree of attention and space you devote to each reading in your review, however, is up to you. The point is not to write a detailed summary of the readings but to identify the key and salient points ofeach author’s findings and assertions. You can, but you do not need to, write these reviews in essay format; you can simply name the author and identify key arguments/points that you think are most important in that particular reading. Your grade for each review will depend on:
    • a) the comprehensiveness of your coverage, i.e., inclusion of the assigned readings and materials
    • b) meeting the minimum of required pages
    • c) following the format provided here
    • d) timely submission
  2. A minimum of a 4 page, Review on the required readings/materials for every two weeks is mandatory. The Review must be typed double-spaced, with one inch margins and font 12 format. 

  3. Must Bold the names of authors.
  4. Try to identify key points/main ideas of each reading.
  5. Contrast and compare relevant and related reading materials when a comparison is appropriate.
  6. For the Video/Audio lectures (or conversations) that are required for a review, you need to focus, as is the case with the readings, on identifying a few main ideas and key points.
  7. Avoid long quotations.

Topics Covered

  • Contemporary US foreign policy issues. Specifically US Cyber policy and US policy towards the ISIS conflict. Post-9/11 foreign policy

Required Reading & MUST BE USED IN PAPER

The Cold War

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please i need someone to respond to the flowing. your response should 100 words.

1-The Cold War was a period of time where the United States and Russia were competing on so many different levels. These two superpowers were competing in all things; technological advances, politically, and even in sports. Tensions were extremely high between the two countries because they were trying to show their dominance over the other. Personally, I feel that another Cold War period is definitely possible because of the egos of those who run these countries. I believe that having leaders with big egos can result in prides being bruised over the slightest thing and then resulting in disputes to prove who’s country is better than the other. Another reason why another Cold War period can occur is the ending of the previous one. The Cold War ended with the USSR falling into bankruptcy and thus dissolving and ending the stand off between the two countries. Now, Russia is being rebuilt to the powerful country it once was under the leadership of Vladimir Putin. As the country is being rebuilt, so is the pride it has of it self (nationalism). This pride can result in the country wanting to prove itself once again against the United States. That is why I think that another Cold War period is definitely possible.

2-I do not believe that the United States of America and the Russian Federation will enter another Cold War period. I believe that both nations know of the potential risk that such a conflict could pose for both nations and the world in general. The cold war contributed to the end of the Russian Soviet Union and led to nuclear weapons being moved extremely close to the United States main land. These are both outcomes each nation would do its best to avoid. The United States and Russia do not appear to be doing many of the things that they were leading up to and during the cold war. For example, the cold war followed a major conflict in World War II, such a conflict does not exist at the moment. Neither nation is attempting to build up its nuclear arsenal and neither is attempting to greatly expand its influence around the world to the same extent that they were during the cold war. While both nations obviously have spies around the world, they are not trying to violently over throw government to the same extent either. I believe both nations know the risk another cold war would have on both of them and would try to avoid another cold war. The US and China however may be another story…

3-Yes I believe that a Cold war between the two countries is possible. In fact we may be in the middle of one right now. Both countries do not seem to agree on any issue which I believe is because they want to prove their superiority of the other and make a name as the most power nation on the earth. In the Syrian war both sides are on opposite ends, Russia is pro government while USA wants Assad to be removed. On the domestic front, Russia has been accused of meddling in the US presidential election. Their hackers were said to be pro Trump and went after the Democratic Party. It is reported that Russian backed content had reached about 126 million Americans on Facebook, (Solon, 2017). This kind of activity was also reported by Twitter and Google. This is an example of indirectly interfering in another country to make the environment suitable for Russia, although it is not clear how Trump’s Presidency would benefit Russia. Recently President Trump decided to pull out of the 31 year nuclear weapons agreement with Russia which was able to preserve peace during the Cold war. This treaty had forced the superpowers to eliminate more than 2,600 missiles because of their power to destabilize the region. Now President Trump is believed to fund the development of the missile to show their power, (Hennigan, 2018). This will certainly lead to a new kind of tension and competition between the two countries similar to the Cold War. The two countries are presenting opposing views most of the time and America’s sanctions against Russia will only make things worse. Cooperation between them on world issues seems to be difficult.

Comparing Hobbes and Locke on the State of Nature

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Analyze the concept of the state of nature by first reviewing the material on Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Consider their discussion of life in the state of nature. Do you find their arguments convincing? Construct your answer into the following 2 parts:

Part 1: In a paragraph of at least 150 words, discuss whether Hobbes or Locke gave a more convincing picture of life without government in the state of nature. Your thread must demonstrate that you understand the meaning of this concept. Explain why you find 1 author more persuasive than the other. Cite specific points. The main point is not which author you choose but instead how well you support your position. Your thread must leave no doubt that you read both authors carefully. You must incorporate 3 citations in current Turabian format. Acceptable sources include the textbooks and the Bible. Be sure to cite specific page references from your assigned textbook readings.

Part 2: In a paragraph of at least 150 words, explore the biblical basis for the state of nature argument. Is the general concept of the state of nature (not the specific versions of Hobbes or Locke)compatible with Christianity? Why or why not? Cite specific points. The main consideration is how well you support your argument with logic as well as specific references to the authors and to Scripture. Be sure to cite specific page references from your assigned textbook readings.

Your thread must be at least 300 words and incorporate 3 citations in current Turabian format. Acceptable sources include the textbooks and the Bible.

Student Learning Outcomes

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course-Level Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

For all Assessments, the following general requirements hold:

(1) Assignments should be 2-3 double-spaced pages, with reasonable (12 pt.) font and reasonable (1 inch) margins.

(2) Citations to the material are required; in-text citations are preferred (MLA style).

(3) Assignments should be turned into eCampus (for the collection of artifacts for scoring).

(4) Minimum 3 Sources.

Assignment One:

SLO #1:”A government of laws, not of men”. 70% of students will successfully analyze how the U.S. Constitution, including its amendments, provides for “a government of laws.” as well as discussing the feature of the Constitution that they believe is most important in providing for “a government of laws”. [SLO #1 fulfills the following Program Level Outcomes: Communication, Critical Thinking, Social and Personal Responsibility, as well as the following Course Level Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8.]

Activity for Assessment:

1)“A government of laws, not of men” is how John Adams described the ideal form of government. The Constitution of the United States was designed to create such a government.

Discuss how the U.S. Constitution, including its amendments, provides for “a government of laws.” Then, discuss the feature of the Constitution that you believe is most important in providing for “a government of laws.” Explain the reason or reasons why you believe it is the most important.

Note: Your answer can be no longer than 600 words (roughly two double-spaced pages).

Politics – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

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Assignment 1: Politics – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Due Week 6 and worth 200 points

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper that answers the following three (3) items using headers to separate each item:

  1. Discuss either two (2) civil liberties or two (2) civil rights events. One event must be from within the last two years, and the other may be from the past. Select events that have influenced a sense of social responsibility in the American government today. Provide examples to support your answer. In your response, consider how the events influenced the way state, local, or national political leaders or agencies responded in a socially responsible or ethical manner toward the community. Please cite your sources using Strayer Writing Standards. See below for details.
  2. Discuss two (2) media events (past or present) that have positively and/or negatively influenced the public’s opinion of a government agency. One event must be within the last two years, and the other may be from the past. Provide examples to support your answer. Consider how a news story or media coverage of an event positively or negatively changed the public’s opinion (or perception) regarding how responsible a government agency should be towards meeting the needs of its customers (i.e., the American people). Please cite your sources using Strayer Writing Standards. See below for details.
  3. Discuss two (2) differences between the Republican and Democratic parties that may have an ethical impact (positively or negatively) on the American people. Provide examples from the past 2 years to support your answer. Consider the different ideologies, values, morals, and/or goals held by the Republican and Democratic parties, and their different views on the ethically or morally right way to govern and make the best policies for the people they serve. Determine if your example presents any type of ethical concerns for or against the public best interest of the American people. Please cite your sources using Strayer Writing Standards. See below for details.

In your research, you cannot use Wikipedia, online dictionaries, Sparknotes, Cliffnotes, or any other website that does not qualify as an academic resource.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are to:

  • Identify informed opinions on issues and questions involving the U.S. government, national political processes, policy making, and the notion of democracy.
  • Employ terminology used to study political science and American government.
  • Distinguish between civil rights and civil liberties in the context of Supreme Court protection of freedom of expression.
  • Develop reasoned written and spoken presentations on issues and questions involving the U.S. government and national political processes using information in the course.
  • Explain how the federal system of government works.
  • Explore different perspectives on issues and questions about the U.S. government and national political processes.
  • Describe the importance of an informed, proactive citizenship for the effective operation of the national government and political processes.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the field of U.S. government and politics.
  • Write clearly and concisely about U.S. government and politics using proper writing mechanics

Humanities Discussion

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Week 5 Discussion (1 of 3)

Download the American Government textbook (PDF version) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to view the page numbers, which you need to cite in your response to the below prompt. You will not see page numbers if you just view the book online.

Prompt: According to Chapter 8 of American Government, briefly discuss the evolution of major media formats in Chapter 8 (print, radio, television, new media). Have changes in media formats created a more accurate, less biased media? Why or why not? Explain your answer.

Initial post is due Thursday; 2 follow-ups are due by Sunday. No posts will be accepted after Sunday

Support your statements by bringing in and explaining the definitions and examples in the text. *In all discussions, make sure to cite which pages you are referencing. For example, “According to page 26….” or “The author states that the political process matters because… (pg. 26).”

For tips on how to earn as many points as possible on discussions and to see samples, check out Tips for Discussions & Sample Posts. To view a tutorial on how to find the rubric (which you should read before you submit), watch the following video:

Week 5 Discussion (2 of 3)

Download the American Government textbook (PDF version) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to view the page numbers, which you need to cite in your response to the below prompt. You will not see page numbers if you just view the book online.

Prompt: According to Chapter 9 of American Government, what is party polarization? Explain three causes of polarization. In your own life (watching or reading the news, talking with friends/family, etc.), do you see polarization increasing or decreasing? Explain and use examples to demonstrate your point.

For students who feel that they cannot apply any of the agents to their own lives: If you do not have any strong political views and do not identify with a party, you can still answer this prompt. Explain which of the agents account for your political apathy (apathy here is not meant in a negative sense – it simply means that some people did not have political agents that influenced their views on politics and government).

Initial post is due Thursday; 2 follow-ups are due by Sunday. No posts will be accepted after Sunday.

Support your statements by bringing in and explaining the definitions and examples in the text. *In all discussions, make sure to cite which pages you are referencing. For example, “According to page 26….” or “The author states that the political process matters because… (pg. 26).”

For tips on how to earn as many points as possible on discussions and to see samples, check out Tips for Discussions & Sample Posts. To view a tutorial on how to find the rubric (which you should read before you submit), watch the following video:

Week 5 Discussion (3 of 3)

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Download the American Government textbook (PDF version) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to view the page numbers, which you need to cite in your response to the below prompt. You will not see page numbers if you just view the book online.

This is a two-step prompt: First, using Chapter 10 of American Government, explain what lobbying revolving door laws are. Second, using this CNN article (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (under the video), explain the problem of the lobbying revolving door. Explain how Jo Ann Emerson is representative of the lobbying revolving door. Why do you think Congress has not enacted nationwide laws to stop congresspersons from going through the lobbying revolving door? Do you think anything can be done to stop the revolving door? Why or why not? Explain.

If you are having trouble understanding this assignment, be sure to read/re-read Chapter 10. Also, here is an article that shares other examples of the lobbying revolving door that might help you understand: “Ex-lawmakers go to lobbying-related jobs (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..” You can also post general questions to the Q&A Forum so I can try to clarify for you.

Initial post is due Thursday; 2 follow-ups are due by Sunday. No posts will be accepted after Sunday.

For tips on how to earn as many points as possible on discussions and to see samples, check out Tips for Discussions & Sample Posts. To view a tutorial on how to find the rubric (which you should read before you submit), watch the following video: