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POL 201 Entire Course

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com POL 201 Week 1 DQ 1 The U.S. Constitution POL 201 Week 1 DQ 2 Week One Reflection POL 201 Week 1 Learning Activity The Constitution POL 201 Week 1 Quiz POL 201 Week 2 DQ 1 Policy and Your Life POL 201 Week 2 DQ 2 Week Two Reflection POL 201 Week 2 Learning Activity Federalism POL 201 Week 2 Quiz POL 201 Week 3 DQ 1 The Electoral College POL 201 Week 3 DQ 2 Week Three Reflection POL 201 Week 3 Learning Activity Branches of Government POL 201 Week 3 Quiz POL 201 Week 4 DQ 1 Individual Rights and the Obligations of Gov ernment POL 201 Week 4 DQ 2 Week Four Reflection POL 201 Week 4 Learning Activity Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections


POL 201 Week 4 Quiz POL 201 Week 5 DQ 1 Voting and Voter Turnout POL 201 Week 5 DQ 2 Week Five Reflection POL 201 Week 5 Final Paper America‘s Democracy: Your Report Ca rd

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POL 201 Week 1 DQ 1 The U.S. Constitution

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com The U.S. Constitution Prepare: Prior to writing your initial post, read Chapters 1 and 2 of American Government. In addition, watch the video provided on the U.S. Constitution, Episode IV - Built to Last. Reflect: The U.S. Constitution is the cornerstone of our federal gover nment. The Constitution establishes a basic operational framework tha t enables the three branches of government – executive, legislative, and judicial – to interact and function as a unit. Embedded in this operational frame work are two key principles: separation of powers and a system of che cks and balances.


Write: In your initial post, explain why the separation of powers and the system of checks and balances are important for our democracy. P rovide recent, realworld examples of the separation of powers and checks/balances in ac tion (one example each). Also, discuss how the Constitution protects i ndividual and group rights. Again, provide a recent realworld example of these Constitutional protections being applied here i n the U.S. You must fully respond to all parts of the prompt and write your response in your own words. Support your position with APA citations from two or more of the as signed resources required for this discussion. Please be sure that you d emonstrate understanding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite them properly. Your initial post should be 200 to 2 50 words and be written in complete sentences. Respond to Peers: By Day 7, respond to at least two of your classma tes' initial posts. Your peer responses should be 75 to 100 words each. Demonstrate your understanding of the topic by respectfully asking q uestions, raising new points for consideration, or requesting clarificati on from your fellow students. For example, you may want to compare your realworld examples to those of your classmates and see how they are simi lar or different and discuss why.

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POL 201 Week 1 DQ 2 Week One Reflection

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www.newtonhelp.com Week One Reflection. Prepare: Prior to beginning your reflection this week, complete all cou rse readings, your introduction, and the Discussion, ―The U.S. Constitution.‖ Reflect: Once you have completed these assignments think about ho w American politics have and could affect your career aspirations. Th e Founding Fathers created an amazing governmental structure that af fects almost every aspect of our lives even today. For instance, if you are a criminal justice major, what parts of the U.S. Constitution are ap plicable to what you are learning in your major? If you are a business major, which branch of government – executive, legislative, or judicial – has, or will have, the greatest influence on your business ambitions? I f you are a political science major, how does separation of powers in t he U.S. government affect the operations of most economic, social, an d political processes throughout the United States? Write: In your initial post, based on your current academic major (dec lared or not), complete one of the following:

• Describe which actions of the Founding Fathers are conti nuing to affect your future career goals.
 • Discuss how separation of powers is influencing your cu rrent or future job. 
 • Explain why checks and balances are important to know in your future employment positions. 



• Expound on how the Constitution is still relevant to the c areer you want to pursue. 
 Fully respond to all parts of the prompt and write your response in yo ur own words. Support your position with APA citations from two or more of the assigned resources required for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrate understanding of these resources, integrate t hem into your argument, and cite them properly. Your initial post sho uld be 200 to 250 words. Respond to Peers: By Day 7, respond to at least two of your classmat es' initial posts. Your peer responses should be 75 to 100 words each. Comment on a peer response that you did not select to respond to and extend the conversation by examining their claims or arguments in m ore depth. Keep the discussion on target and try to analyze things in a s much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider comparing your perspectives on how the Constitution affects your career goals t o how it affects a classmate with different career goals.

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POL 201 Week 1 Learning Activity The Constitution

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com The Constitution. The weekly worksheets will help you build all the necessary parts for your Final Paper. This week, you will evaluate the


strengths and weaknesses of the most important document for Americ a‘s national government, the U.S. Constitution. In your worksheet, yo u will describe one strength and one weakness of the Constitution. In addition, you will need to recommend a way to maintain the strength of this amazing document and a way to correct a weakness. This effor t begins the process of critically analyzing key features of our national government. To complete the assignment, save the Week One Learning Activity W orksheet (available in the online classroom) to your computer, fill it o ut, and submit it. Develop a detailed outline of your first main point using the Week On e Learning Activity Worksheet. 1.The Constitution: • Provide a topic sentence that briefly describes one stren gth and one weakness of the U.S. 
Constitution. 
 • Provide a topic sentence that recommends one option to maintain the strength and one to correct 
the weakness. 
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POL 201 Week 1 Quiz

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Question 1. The American system of government can be most accurat ely described as a _________. Question 2. In 1607, the English monarch King James I granted a cha rter to which organization to establish a settlement in the Chesapeake region? Question 3. The Connecticut Plan, also known as the Great Comprom ise, combined elements of which two other plans during the Constituti onal Convention of 1787? Question 4. What United States document establishes the core princip les on which our government is based? Question 5. The Federalist Papers were intended to Question 6. The theory of ―American Exceptionalism‖ is rooted in th e idea that the United States was founded in opposition to the Europea n feudalistic tradition. Question 7. True or False: Republicanism prefers small governance u nits and assumes homogeneity while Liberalism tolerates diversity an d is thus heterogeneous.


Question 8. English philosophers Thomas Hobbes and John Locke sh ared the view that all government arrangements should be based on w hat principle? Question 9. Which of these three branches of government was NOT e stablished by the U.S. Constitution? Question 10. Which of these beliefs is NOT a tenant of modern libera lism? Question 11. The conservative idea that limitations should be placed on state actions is known as __________. Question 12. The ThreeFifths Compromise was included in the Constitution to resolve tensio n between northern states and southern states regarding _________. Question 13. The AntiFederalists were concerned that the Constitution did not Question 14. The Articles of Confederation invested the greatest pow er in the individual states and left the national government weak and p owerless. Question 15. English philosopher John Locke wrote in his Second Tr eatise that the individual exists in a hypothetical state of __________.

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POL 201 Week 2 DQ 1 Policy and Your Life

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www.newtonhelp.com Policy and Your Life Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion question, read C hapters 3 and 4 in American Government. In addition, watch the vide os provided on federalism: Quick Study of Federalism Part 1, Quick S tudy of Federalism Part 2, and Quick Study of Federalism Part 3, and the U.S. Constitution: Episode I - A More Perfect Union. Reflect: The U.S. government's expansive role in public policy is cau ght in a swirl of conflicting crosscurrents. On the one hand, popular e xpectations about government's responsibility to solve problems often exceed the capacity of state and local authorities to respond effectivel y. On the other hand, policies developed at the national level may not sufficiently reflect the great diversity of interests across the U.S. to be effective at the local level. Moreover, the search for effective policy i s further complicated by theoretical debates about the constitutional fr amework of federalism, that is, what limits on national power can be derived from the Tenth Amendment?

Write: Select a policy or piece of legislation that involves the program you are seeking a degree in (i.e., your major). In your initial post, dis cuss the federalism challenges that this policy is creating or facing. Fo r example:

• If you are an education major, how are local, state, and fe deral government policies affected by the No Child Left Behind legisl ation or some other piece of education-related legislation?


• If you are a criminal justice major, how does recent legali zation of marijuana in some states affect local, state, and federal contr ol over this issue? 


• If you are a business major, how does the insurance man date in the Affordable Care Actaffect local, state, and national busines ses and their employees? 


• If you are a political science major how has the recent Cit izen‘s United ruling affected the amount of money available for camp aigns at the local, state, or federal levels? 
Fully respond to all parts o f the prompt and write your response in your own words. Your initial must be 200 to 250 words. Support your position with APA citations f rom two or more of the assigned resources required for this discussion . Please be sure that you demonstrate understanding of these resources , integrate them into your argument, and cite them properly. 
Respond to Peers: By Day 7, respond to at least two of your classmates' initial posts. Your peer responses each should be 75 to 100 words. As your r eply to your classmates, attempt to take the conversation further by ex amining their claims or arguments in more depth or responding to the posts that they reply to you with. Keep the discussion on target and tr y to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you mi ght consider 
reflecting on why the legislation selected by one of your classmate‘s is impacted differently than the one you selected.

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POL 201 Week 2 DQ 2 Week Two Reflection


For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Prepare: Prior to beginning your reflection this week, complete all cou rse readings and assigned videos, and the Discussion, ―Policy and Your Life.‖

Reflect: Once you have completed these assignments, think about ho w federalism and the U.S. Congress have or will affect your life. The federal structure ensures that there is a clear line between local, state, and federal government regulations, policies, and oversight— sometimes! Think about how federal statues affect your work or will a ffect your work in the future. Does Congress have oversight of any of the processes or products in your workplace? Do the government regu lations, policies, and oversight sometimes conflict with local or state r egulations, policies, and oversight?

Write: In your initial post of, based on your current or desired job, co mplete the following:

• Describe how a federal policy affects your current or desi red workplace. 



· Explain what role Congress has in establishing workplac e conditions in your current or desired job. 
 Fully respond to all parts of the prompt and write your response in yo ur own words. Your initial post should be 200 to 250 words. Support your position with APA citations from two or more of the assigned re sources required for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstra te understanding of these resources, integrate them into your argumen t, and cite them properly. 
Respond to Peers: By Day 7, respond to at least two of your classmates' initial posts. Your peer responses should be 75 to 100 words each. As your reply to your classmates, extend the conversation by examining their claims or arguments in more depth o r by responding to the posts that they reply to you with. Keep the disc ussion on target and try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider comparing how federal policies affe ct your workplace to how they affect a different workplace of one of y our classmates.

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POL 201 Week 2 Learning Activity Federalism

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Federalism This week, we continue completing the worksheets in pre paration for the Final Paper. One of the most important structures in t he national government is federalism. Understanding the relationship


between local, state, and national level governments is critical in bein g able to understand all of the key features of our national government . Describe an advantage and a disadvantage to a national policy that a n agency in the federal bureaucracy must implement. In addition, reco mmend an option to maintain the advantage and one to improve the di sadvantage. To complete the assignment, save the Week Two Learning Activity Worksheet (available in the online classroom) to your computer, fill it out, and submit it. Develop a detailed outline of your second main point using the Week Two Learning Activity Worksheet. 1. Federal Policies: • Provide a topic sentence that briefly describes one advantage and o ne disadvantage to a national policy that must be implemented by one agency of the federal bureaucracy. 
 • Provide a topic sentence that recommends one option to maintain t he advantage and one to improve the disadvantage. 
 2. Scholarly Support: (Please access the Ashford Writing Center‘s Sa mple Annotated Bibliography) • Provide two credible sources in APA format to support your main points. 
 • Briefly discuss how these sources support your main point. 
 • Briefly evaluate your sources for bias, validity, and reliability. 


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POL 201 Week 2 Quiz


For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Question 1. The national government can attempt to gain the cooperat ion of state governments by using what type of coercive measures?

Question 2. The Tenth Amendment balances out national authority by

Question 3. A presidential veto of a bill can be overridden by what pe rcentage vote of all members of Congress?

Question 4. Which legislative act is a good example of intergovernme ntal relations that are the hallmark of Cooperative Federalism?

Question 5. The principal powers of Congress include all except

Question 6. If the President requests a Congressional authorization for the use of force, Congress

Question 7. In federalism, the national government


Question 8. John C. Calhoun proposed the following to assert states‘ r ight:

Question 9. When Congress prepares a budget

Question 10. A unitary system of government has some advantages co mpared to a federal system. Which of these choices is NOT an advant age of a unitary system of government?

Question 11. A congressional whip is a floor leader that gauges suppo rt for bills and tries to enforce party discipline in accordance with a po litical agenda.

Question 12. True or False: Gerrymandering occurs when a district is intentionally configured to equalize the influence of all component gr oups and to guarantee that certain representatives keep their seats.

Question 13. Under a Home Rule Charter, local authority is

Question 14. Congressional staff have an important role in Congress b ecause

Question 15. On average, running for a seat in the House of Represent atives costs around $100,000.


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POL 201 Week 3 DQ 1 The Electoral College

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion question, read C hapters 5 and 6 in American Government. In addition, read the follow ing articles: ―What Are the Arguments Made in Favor – and Against – the Electoral College?,‖

―GOP Leaders United in Defense of the Electoral College,‖ and the P roQuest article

―Why the Electoral College is Bad for America.‖ Also, please watch t his week‘s videos, Episode I - A More Perfect Unionand Episode II It‘s a Free Country regarding the U.S. Constitution.

Reflect: As the textbook author asserts, the Framers intentionally desi gned a process for selecting presidents that would minimize the presid ent‘s political power – the Electoral College. They hoped this institution would insulate the chief executive from the public because they feared the power of presi dents who might be elected by the people. However, the Electoral Col


lege has also spawned a long ongoing debate about whether the Electo ral

College should be abandoned in favor of new methods, which would ensure that the candidate elected has the most popular votes. The cont roversy over the Electoral College must be understood in order to bett er understand how and why U.S. presidents are elected.

Write: In your initial post, summarize how the Electoral College work s. Explain some of the main pros and cons in the debate about whethe r to keep or abolish the current Electoral College process. In addition, evaluate one proposal to change how the system works without forma lly abolishing it. Would this proposal effectively address some of the cons that you identified earlier in your post? Please explain your respo nse. Fully respond to all parts of the question and write your response in y our own words. Your initial post must be 200 to 250 words. Support y our position with APA citations from two or more of the assigned res ources required for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrat e understanding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite them properly. Respond to Peers: By Day 7, respond to at least two of your classmat es' initial posts. Your peer responses should be 75to 100 words each. As your reply to your classmates, attempt to take the conversation furt her by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or respondi ng to the posts that they make to you. Keep the discussion on target an d try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider comparing your classmates‘ proposals for changing th e Electoral College against your own proposal.


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POL 201 Week 3 DQ 2 Week Three Reflection

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Week Three Reflection American Government. Review the videos, Episode I A More Perfect Union and Episode II It‘s a Free Country regarding the U.S. Constitution.

Reflect: The executive and judicial branches of the U.S. national gove rnment often seem to operate independently and with little conflict. M any laws are signed by the President and then implemented without a word from the judicial branch. However, there are times when executi ve decisions are challenged by the judicial branch in a process called j udicial review. In addition, there are times when a judicial review has direct impact on your life. For example, when the Supreme Court decl ared the Affordable Care Act constitutional, many people without hea lth care insurance were finally able to purchase health care insurance. Additionally, when the Supreme Court

declared sections of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, so me of the constraints that prevented many gay and lesbian couples fro m marrying were eliminated. Executive Order 13658 on February 20,


2014 also had a direct impact on many business people that contract with the federal government by increasing the minimum wage to $10. 10 per hour. Clearly, the actions of the executive and judicial branche s often directly affect our lives.

Write: In your initial post, explain how and why the actions of the exe cutive and/or judicial branches have personally affected your life. Full y respond to all parts of the question. Write in your own words. Suppo rt your position with APA citations to two or more of the assigned res ources required for this discussion. Fully respond to all parts of the pr ompt and write your response in your own words. Your initial post m ust be 200 to 250 words. Please be sure that you demonstrate understa nding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite t hem properly. . ===============================================

POL 201 Week 3 Learning Activity Branches of Government

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Branches of Government. The three branches of our government ea ch play crucial roles in the U.S. national government. Each branch has specific power, duties, and responsibilities that are the most apparent


features of our system of separate powers. Nevertheless, each branch has been critiqued for having definite strengths and weaknesses that b ecome obvious in certain situations. Analyzing these strengths and we aknesses will enable you to evaluate and recommend ways to enhance and correct these fundamental assets and deficiencies of the branches of our national government. To complete the assignment, save the Week Three Learning Activity Worksheet (available in the online classroom) to your computer, fill it out, and submit it. Develop a detailed outline of your third main point using the Week T hree Learning Activity Worksheet.

• Branches of Government:

• Provide a topic sentence that briefly describes one stren gth and one weakness of one branch of our government: executive, le gislative, or judiciary. 
 • Provide a topic sentence that recommends one option to maintain the strength and one to correct the weakness. 


• Scholarly Support: (Please access the Ashford Writing Center‘s Sa mple Annotated Bibliography)

• Provide two credible sources in APA format to support your main points. 



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Briefly discuss how these sources support your main po Briefly evaluate your sources for bias, validity, and relia

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POL 201 Week 3 Quiz

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com 1. Question : In the realm of foreign affairs, presidents are usually weak and must s olicit congressional approval before entering into agreements with oth er countries. Question 2. Question : Prior judicial experience is required to be appointed as a judge on the federal level. Question 3. Question : The president and Congress are unable to control the bureaucracy or h old it accountable because: Question 4. Question : The idea that citizens should be suspicious of a strong central govern ment would best be described as:


Question 5. Question : The scope of presidential power has expanded over time due to presid ents carving out their own powers as they have needed. Question 6. Question : The Supreme Court concept of ―stare decisis‖ is the concept of ruling by decisions that were: Question 7. Question : The position of Secretary of Defense was created with the passage wh ich Act of Congress? Question 8. Question : Which of these organizations has layers of both political appointees a nd civil servants? Question 9. Question : The Federal Register is the official journal of the federal government. Which statement(s) below best describes the Federal Register?

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POL 201 Week 4 DQ 1 Individual Rights and the Obligations of Government

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Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read chapters 8, 9, and 10 in American Government and watch the video, Episode II It‘s a Free Country. Reflect: Our political system is characterized by certain fundamental features to include a system of laws, rights, and liberties. The laws, cr eated and supported by the Constitutional framework, are designed to protect and secure the rights and liberties of individuals and groups th roughout the U.S. However, the government also has an obligation to provide for the security of its citizens from serious internal and extern al threats that could cause grave or severe damage to our country. The need for homeland and national security can create a dilemma where conflicts emerge between these security needs and the demands for ci vil rights and liberties.

Write: In your initial post, explain what obligations the U.S. governm ent has towards its citizens and how can these obligations impact indi vidual and group rights? Provide realworld examples to support your explanation. Fully respond to all parts of the prompt and write your response in your own words. Your initia l response must be 200 to 250 words. Support your position with APA citations to two or more of the assigned resources required for this dis cussion. Please be sure that you demonstrate understanding of these re sources, integrate them into your argument, and cite them properly.

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POL 201 Week 4 DQ 2 Week Four Reflection


For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Week Four Reflection. Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read chapters 8, 9 , and 10 in American Government, watch the video, Episode II It‘s a Free Country, and review your results from the Political Typolo gy Quiz. Reflect: Political parties mobilize voters to win elections and implem ent policy goals. Parties use their stated policy goals (i.e., their platfor ms) as a way to mobilize voter support. Generally, in order to be succ essful in a twoparty system, parties must have policy goals across a broad range of is sue areas to appeal to a broad range of voters. Write: Identify one issue area that you want investigate. Use the assig ned resources required for this discussion to gather information about the goals and proposals, in that issue area, of three U.S. political parti es – the Democratic and Republican parties and a third party. Summarize each of the three parties‘ policy goals in your issue area. Evaluate eac h party's goals from two perspectives: • According on your own political philosophy, values, or i deology based on the Political Typology Quiz results, which party‘s p osition on this issue is closest to your own and which is furthest and w hy? 



• Does each party currently have national popular support on this issue? If so, why, and if not, why not? 
 For example, if you are a ‗Steadfast Conservative,‘ what do the Dem ocratic Party, the Republican Party, and a third party have to say abou t your position on taxation? If you are a ‗Solid Liberal,‘ what do Dem ocrats, Republicans, and a third party say about your views on environ mental issues? Who is the closest? Furthest away? Why? Your initial response must be 200 to 250 words. Justify your conclusi ons with facts and persuasive reasoning. Fully respond to all parts of t he question and write your response in your own words. Support your position with APA citations to two or more of the assigned resources r equired for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrate under standing of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cit e them properly.

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POL 201 Week 4 Learning Activity Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections. The various political actors involved in the processes, activities, and policies of the U.S. go vernment each have evolving goals and objectives. In addition, these


actors have produced differential effects, both positive and negative, o n the processes, activities, and policies of the federal government. In t his last weekly worksheet, you will assess the positive and negative i mpacts of political parties, interest groups, or federal elections on the national government. In addition, you will recommend one option to e nhance the positive impact and one to diminish the negative impact. T his final effort will conclude the process of critically analyzing key fe atures of our national government and prepare you for completion of your Final Paper in Week Five.

To complete the assignment, save the Week Four Learning Activity Worksheet (available in the online classroom) to your computer, fill it out, and submit it.

Develop a detailed outline of your fourth main point using the Week Four Learning Activity Worksheet.

• Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections: • Provide a topic sentence that briefly describes the one p ositive impact and one negative impact of one of the following: politic al parties, interest groups, or federal elections. 
 • Provide a topic sentence that recommends one option to accentuate the positive impact and one to lessen the negative impact. 
 • Scholarly Support: (Please access the Ashford Writing Center‘s Sa mple Annotated Bibliography) • Provide two credible sources in APA format to support your main points. 



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Briefly discuss how these sources support your main po Briefly evaluate your sources for bias, validity, and relia

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POL 201 Week 4 Quiz

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Question 1.What constitutional amendment guaranteed women the rig ht to vote? Question 2. How are interest groups are different from political partie s? Question 3. Which Supreme Court decision stated that affirmative act ion intended to promote greater equality was acceptable public policy, but the use of quotas was not. Question 4. True or False: The peaceful transfer of power from one g overnment to the next has a long historical legacy and predates the for mation of the United States. Question 5. The 1964 Civil Rights Act:


Question 6. Twoparty electoral systems, such as we have today in the United States, te nd to be examples of what type of political party model? Question 7. What is the basic function, or purpose, of elections? Question 8. Personal freedoms that all Americans enjoy thanks to the Bill of Rights are called: Question 9. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries in the U.S., political ―machine bosses:‖ Question 10. In the United States, before U.S. citizens are allowed to vote in an election, they must: Question 11. True or False: Freedom of speech can be: Question 12. A multicandidate Political Action Committee (PAC) may contribute up to ho w much money to individual campaigns per election? Question 13. Voters in a closed primary can: Question 14. Which of these have NOT been recognized as a political party in American history? Question 15. A private organization cannot deny service to any type of minority group if: ===============================================

POL 201 Week 5 DQ 1 Voting and Voter Turnout

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Voting and Voter Turnout. Prepare: Prior to completing this discussion question, review Chapter s 9 and 10 in American Government and the following articles: ―How Voter ID Laws Are Being Used to Disenfranchise Minorities and the Poor,‖ ―Fraught with Fraud,‖ and ―Proof at the Polls.‖ Reflect: The U.S. has one of the lowest voter turnout rates among mo dern democratic political systems. One study ranks the U.S. 120th on a list of 169 nations compared on voter turnout (Pintor, Gratschew, & Sullivan, 2002). During the last decade, many initiatives have been un dertaken to increase voter participation, yet concerns about the possibi lity of election fraud have also increased. Additionally, some political interests feel threatened by the increase in turnout among some traditi onally lowturnout ethnic minorities. Several states have recently passed legislati on imposing new registration and identification requirements. This has sparked debate about whether these are tactics intended to suppress turnout or to prevent fraud. Write: In your initial post, summarize recent developments in severa l states enacting voter ID laws. Analyze and describe the pros and con s on both sides of the debate about these laws. Is voter fraud a major p roblem for our democracy or are some groups trying to make it harder for some segments of society to vote? Draw your own conclusion abo ut the debate over voter ID laws. Justify your conclusions with facts a nd persuasive reasoning. Fully respond to all parts of the question and write your response in y our own words. Your initial post must be 200 to 250 words. Support y our position with APA citations from two or more of the assigned res ources required for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrat


e understanding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite them properly.

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POL 201 Week 5 DQ 2 Week Five Reflection

For more course tutorials visit www.newtonhelp.com Week Five Reflection. Prepare: Prior to beginning your reflection, review all course readings and videos as required. Reflect: The U.S. national government is based on the framework det ailed in the U.S. Constitution. The process that the Founding Fathers used to map out our national government is fascinating and illuminati ng. The Constitution creates a system of checks and balances and sepa ration of powers that have been focal points for class discussions. In a ddition, the Constitution identifies three main branches for the nationa l government: the legislative, executive, and judicial, which are tasked , respectively, with the creation of the legislation to guide the country, the implementation and execution of that legislation, and the review of that legislation for constitutionality and legality. Interacting with th e federal government includes a variety of different actors and politica l processes such as the states, political parties, interest groups, and fed


eral elections. All these features create a vibrant and healthy democra cy.

Write: In your initial post of at least 200 to 250 words, explain how an d why one feature of the U.S. government is the most important for A merica‘s democracy. Choose one feature below to discuss in detail: ·•

Written, detailed, flexible Constitution. 


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Robust checks and balances. 


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Explicit separation of powers. 


·• Expansive interaction by different political actors and p rocesses with the federal government. · · 
Use realworld examples and details to support your arguments. Support your p osition with APA citations from two or more of the assigned resource s required for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrate und erstanding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite them properly. 


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POL 201 Week 5 Final Paper America’s Democracy: Your Report Card (2 Papers)

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www.newtonhelp.com This Tutorial contains 2 Different Papers America’s Democracy: Your Report Card. The primary goal of your last assignment is to critically analyze the primary features of the Am erican national government. The results of your analysis will indicate what you have learned over the last five weeks. In order to accomplis h this task, it is important to critically evaluate the key facets of our A merican democracy. You have been preparing for this final assignment each week by const ructing a detailed outline of the Final Paper‘s main points through the weekly Learning Activities. In addition, you have read the course text and course readings, reviewed videos, and researched additional mate rial for each week‘s assignments and for this paper. This week, you w ill put all of those outlines, readings, reviews, and research together in to a one summative paper. As we wrap up our course, reflect back on what you have learned abo ut the key structures, systems, roles, and processes that embody our n ational government. Focus on the strengths and weaknesses, advantag es and disadvantages, and positive and negative impacts of these aspe cts of our democracy. Use what you have learned so far to evaluate ou r national government and recommend ways to enhance what works a nd repair what is not working well. Construct a sixpage paper based on the detailed outlines that you created over the las t four weeks. Scaffold your paper around the following outline: · • Title page 
 · • Introduction (half page):


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Describe the paper‘s overall thesis. 


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Provide an overview of main points. 


· • The Constitution (1-1.5 pages) (Week 1): o• onstitution. 


Describe one strength and one weakness of the U.S. C

o• Recommend one option to maintain the strength and o ne to correct the weakness. 
 · • Federalism (1-1.5 pages) (Week 2): 
 a. Describe one advantage and one disadvantage of a national policy t hat must be implemented by one agency of the federal bureaucracy. b. Recommend one option to maintain the advantage and one to impro ve the disadvantage. Branches of Government (11.5 pages) (Week 3): · • Describe one strength and one weakness of one branch of our gov ernment: Executive, Legislative, or Judiciary. 
 · • Recommend one option to maintain the strength and one to correc t the weakness. 
 Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections (11.5 pages) (Week 4): a.Describe one positive impact and one negative impact of one of the following: political parties, interest groups, or federal elections. 
 b.Recommend one option to accentuate the positive impact and one to lessen the negative impact. 
 7. Conclusion: a.Review your main points. 



b.Review your overall thesis. 
 8. References page Writing the Final Paper The Final Paper: 1.Must be at least six doublespaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and form atted 
according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Cent er. 
 2.Must include a title page with the following: 1. a.

Title of paper 


2. b.

Student‘s name 


3. c.

Course name and number 


4. d.

Instructor‘s name 


5. e.

Date submitted 


3.Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement. 
 4.Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. 
 5.Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis. 
 6.Must use at least eight scholarly resources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford University 
Library. 
 7.Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. 



8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to AP A style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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