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Determining Democracy

POLI330N Political Science

Week 1 Discussion

Determining Democracy

Required Resources

 

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

 

Textbook: Chapter 1 ,2, 3

 

Lesson: Read this Week’s Lesson which is located in the Modules tab

 

Initial Post: minimum of 2 scholarly sources (must include your textbook for one of the sources). Follow-Up Post: minimum of 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

Initial Post Instructions

 

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

 

Option 1: Does democracy require equality of income or wealth? Discuss why democracy might make a country more or less egalitarian?

 

Option 2: Political scientist Larry Sabato has proposed a new constitutional convention (Links to an external site.). Select any one of his proposed ideas and write a short list of pros and cons for this idea and support your reasoning.

 

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

 

Follow-Up Post Instructions

 

Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

 

Writing Requirements

 

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)

 

Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source) for your Initial Post, and 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

APA format for in-text citations and list of references

 

 

 

POLI330N Political Science

 

Week 2 Discussion

 

Connection Between Our Culture and the News Media

 

Required Resources

 

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

 

Textbook: Chapter 5, 6

 

Lesson: Read this Week’s Lesson which is located in the Modules tab

 

Initial Post: minimum of 2 scholarly sources (must include your textbook for one of the sources). Follow-Up Post: minimum of 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

Initial Post Instructions

 

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

 

Option 1: The framers of the Constitution were concerned that everyday citizens would not be able to understand or comprehend the makings of our government. They felt that everyday citizens were uninformed and did not care what was going on in our government. Even today we see where citizens are interested in government affairs seemingly only if our country is in turmoil such as unemployment, recessions, civil unrest, etc. Do you agree with this assessment? Are we uninformed? Do we wait till a crisis happens to voice our opinions?

 

Option 2: Many experts see the media as biased and more like infotainment. In fact, many people have turned to social networks as an outlet for news instead of CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN and other news stations. Do you see this as an issue? Do you see the news as biased or unbiased? Should there be more restrictions on the news stations?

 

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

 

Follow-Up Post Instructions

 

Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

 

Writing Requirements

 

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)

 

Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source) for your Initial Post, and 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

APA format for in-text citations and list of references

 

 

 

POLI330N Political Science

 

Week 3 Discussion

 

Pros and Cons of Interest Groups, Lobbyists, and Corporations

 

Required Resources

 

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

 

Textbook: Chater 7, 8

 

Lesson: Read this Week’s Lesson which is located in the Modules tab

 

Initial Post: minimum of 2 scholarly sources (must include your textbook for one of the sources). Follow-Up Post: minimum of 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

Initial Post Instructions

 

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

 

Option 1: What are the pros and cons of lobbyists as a tool for special interest groups? Should former members of Congress be allowed to become lobbyists? Explain your answer.

 

Option 2: Social movements can at times use disruptive behaviors. What are some of the possible benefits of disruptive behaviors in social movements? What are the drawbacks or possible negative consequences? What does the First Amendment state concerning citizens’ right to use disruptive methods? Refer to examples from history as you frame your analysis. Explain your answer.

 

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

 

Follow-Up Post Instructions

 

Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

 

Writing Requirements

 

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)

 

Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source) for your Initial Post, and 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

APA format for in-text citations and list of references

 

 

 

POLI330N Political Science

 

Week 4 Discussion

 

The Electoral College Argument, Politics and Social Media

 

Required Resources

 

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

 

Textbook: Chapters 5, 6 and 10

 

Lesson: Read this Week’s Lesson which is located in the Modules tab

 

Initial Post: minimum of 2 scholarly sources (must include your textbook for one of the sources). Follow-Up Post: minimum of 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

Initial Post Instructions

 

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

 

Option 1: List the ways in which contemporary presidential campaigns have used social media as a campaign tool. Do you consider social media as a successful tool? Explain your answer. Do you see social media as an unsuccessful tool? Explain your answer and provide examples.

 

Option 2: There are numerous discussions involving the Electoral College. There are some people that want to abolish the electoral college while others want to keep it. What do you think? Keep the electoral college or abolish it? Explain the reasons for your choice.

 

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

 

Follow-Up Post Instructions

 

Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

 

Writing Requirements

 

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)

 

Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source) for your Initial Post, and 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

APA format for in-text citations and list of references

 

 

 

POLI330N Political Science

 

Week 5 Discussion

 

The Roles of Congress and The Presidency

 

Required Resources

 

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

 

Textbook: Chapters 4 and 10

 

Lesson: Read this Week’s Lesson which is located in the Modules tab

 

Initial Post: minimum of 2 scholarly sources (must include your textbook for one of the sources). Follow-Up Post: minimum of 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

Initial Post Instructions

 

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

 

Option 1: Political scientists disagree on the exact causes of low representation of women in Congress. Why do you think there are so few women in Congress in comparison to men? How likely is it that these patterns of representation will dramatically change over your lifetime? For this discussion question, you will have to do some research online.

 

Option 2: What characteristics do you think voters look for when choosing a president? Do you think voters choose the characteristics they are looking for depending on the socioeconomic and political environment – lack of jobs, riots, COVID-19, environmental concerns and other issues etc.? Explain your answer.

 

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

 

Follow-Up Post Instructions

 

Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

 

Writing Requirements

 

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)

 

Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source) for your Initial Post, and 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

APA format for in-text citations and list of references

 

 

 

POLI330N Political Science

 

Week 6 Discussion

 

A Bloated Bureaucracy and an inclusive Supreme Court

 

Required Resources

 

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

 

Textbook: Chapter 13, 14

 

Lesson: Read this Week’s Lesson which is located in the Modules tab

 

Initial Post: minimum of 2 scholarly sources (must include your textbook for one of the sources). Follow-Up Post: minimum of 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

Initial Post Instructions

 

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

 

Option 1: How does the bureaucracy affect your life, and thus, your freedom as an ordinary citizen? In what ways does it hinder or help your life? Do you see the bureaucracy as an effective aspect in your life or do you see issues with the bureaucracy as it stands? Why/why not? List one issue you would change concerning the bureaucracy and how you would remedy the issue.

 

Option 2: Identify a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and discuss the nature of the case and the basis of the argument the Supreme Court used to reach the decision. Explain why you agree or disagree with the ruling?

 

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

 

Follow-Up Post Instructions

 

Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

 

Writing Requirements

 

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)

 

Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source) for your Initial Post, and 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

APA format for in-text citations and list of references

 

 

 

POLI330N Political Science

 

Week 7 Discussion

 

Our Struggle for Freedom, Civil Liberties And Political Equality

 

Required Resources

 

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

 

Textbook: Chapter 15, 16

 

Lesson: Read this Week’s Lesson which is located in the Modules tab.

 

Initial Post: minimum of 2 scholarly sources (must include your textbook for one of the sources). Follow-Up Post: minimum of 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

Initial Post Instructions

 

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

 

Option 1: The Equal Rights Amendment was first proposed almost a century ago and has still not been added to the United States Constitution. It is supposed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It was first introduced to Congress by Alice Paul, leader of women’s suffrage movement in 1923. Compare/contrast the Equal Rights Amendment with the Fourteenth Amendment. Did they deal with separate concepts? Explain your answer.

 

Option 2: The Bill of Rights is not only included with the United States Constitution but also state constitutions. All states have provisions in their constitutions that protect individual rights. Go online and look up your state constitution concerning amendments that are included in the Bill of Rights. How does your state constitution protect your individual rights?

 

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

 

Follow-Up Post Instructions

 

Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

 

Writing Requirements

 

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)

 

Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source) for your Initial Post, and 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

APA format for in-text citations and list of references

 

 

 

POLI330N Political Science

 

Week 8 Discussion

 

Government Regulations And Social Insurance Programs

 

Required Resources

 

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

 

Textbook: Chapter 17

 

Lesson: Read this Week’s Lesson which is located in the Modules tab

 

Initial Post: minimum of 2 scholarly sources (must include your textbook for one of the sources). Follow-Up Post: minimum of 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

Initial Post Instructions

 

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

 

Option 1: The main social insurance programs like Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment compensation are funded by a payroll tax on the earnings of individuals who may receive benefits. Do you think the social insurance programs are effective? How are social insurance programs affected by the socioeconomic and political forces? Explain your answers.

 

Option 2: Research government regulations on a particular area of your choice, such as food, drugs, product safety, fracking, environment, etc. Do you think the government regulations go too far? Do you think the government needs to add more regulations? How are lobbyists involved concerning regulations on food and drug safety, and our environment concerning fracking? Explain your answers.

 

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

 

Follow-Up Post Instructions

 

Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

 

Writing Requirements

 

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)

 

Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source) for your Initial Post, and 1 scholarly source for your Follow-Up Post.

 

APA format for in-text citations and list of references

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