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POL 201 Entire Course

For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.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 Govern ment


POL 201 Week 4 DQ 2 Week Four Reflection POL 201 Week 4 Learning Activity Political Parties, Interest Groups, an d 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 Card

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

For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com The U.S. Constitution


Prepare: Prior to writing your initial post, read Chapters 1 and 2 of Am erican Government. In addition, watch the video provided on the U.S. C onstitution, Episode IV - Built to Last. Reflect: The U.S. Constitution is the cornerstone of our federal governm ent. The Constitution establishes a basic operational framework that ena bles the three branches of government – executive, legislative, and judicial – to interact and function as a unit. Embedded in this operational framew ork are two key principles: separation of powers and a system of checks 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. Provid e recent, realworld examples of the separation of powers and checks/balances in acti on (one example each). Also, discuss how the Constitution protects indiv idual and group rights. Again, provide a recent realworld example of these Constitutional protections being applied here in 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 assign ed resources required for this discussion. Please be sure that you demon strate understanding of these resources, integrate them into your argum ent, and cite them properly. Your initial post should be 200 to 250 words and be written in complete sentences.

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. Demo


nstrate your understanding of the topic by respectfully asking questions, raising new points for consideration, or requesting clarification from yo ur fellow students. For example, you may want to compare your realworld examples to those of your classmates and see how they are similar or different and discuss why.

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POL 201 Week 1 DQ 2 Week One Reflection

For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com Week One Reflection. Prepare: Prior to beginning your reflection this week, complete all cour se readings, your introduction, and the Discussion, “The U.S. Constitution.�


Reflect: Once you have completed these assignments think about how A merican politics have and could affect your career aspirations. The Fou nding Fathers created an amazing governmental structure that affects al most every aspect of our lives even today. For instance, if you are a crim inal justice major, what parts of the U.S. Constitution are applicable 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? If y ou are a political science major, how does separation of powers in the U. S. government affect the operations of most economic, social, and politic al processes throughout the United States? Write: In your initial post, based on your current academic major (decla red or not), complete one of the following:

• Describe which actions of the Founding Fathers are contin uing to affect your future career goals.


• Discuss how separation of powers is influencing your curre nt 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 care er you want to pursue. 



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 assigned resources required for this discussion. Please be sure tha t you demonstrate understanding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite them properly. Your initial post should be 200 t o 250 words.

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. Com ment on a peer response that you did not select to respond to and extend the conversation by examining their claims or arguments in more depth. Keep the discussion on target and try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider comparing your perspecti ves on how the Constitution affects your career goals to how it affects a classmate with different career goals.

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POL 201 Week 1 Learning Activity The Constitution


For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com The Constitution. The weekly worksheets will help you build all the nece ssary parts for your Final Paper. This week, you will evaluate the streng ths and weaknesses of the most important document for America’s natio nal government, the U.S. Constitution. In your worksheet, you will descri be one strength and one weakness of the Constitution. In addition, you w ill need to recommend a way to maintain the strength of this amazing do cument and a way to correct a weakness. This effort begins the process o f critically analyzing key features of our national government. To complete the assignment, save the Week One Learning Activity Works heet (available in the online classroom) to your computer, fill it out, and submit it. Develop a detailed outline of your first main point using the Week One L earning Activity Worksheet. 1.The Constitution: • Provide a topic sentence that briefly describes one strengt h and one weakness of the U.S. 
Constitution. 
 • Provide a topic sentence that recommends one option to m aintain the strength and one to correct 
the weakness. 
 2.Scholarly Support: (Please access the Ashford Writing Center’s Sampl e Annotated Bibliography) • Provide two credible sources in APA format to support yo ur main points. 



Briefly discuss how these sources support your main point.


 • lity. 


Briefly evaluate your sources for bias, validity, and reliabi

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POL 201 Week 1 Quiz

For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com Question 1. The American system of government can be most accurately described as a _________.


Question 2. In 1607, the English monarch King James I granted a charte r to which organization to establish a settlement in the Chesapeake regio n?

Question 3. The Connecticut Plan, also known as the Great Compromise, combined elements of which two other plans during the Constitutional Convention of 1787?

Question 4. What United States document establishes the core principles on which our government is based?

Question 5. The Federalist Papers were intended to

Question 6. The theory of “American Exceptionalism� is rooted in the id ea that the United States was founded in opposition to the European feu dalistic tradition.

Question 7. True or False: Republicanism prefers small governance unit s and assumes homogeneity while Liberalism tolerates diversity and is th us heterogeneous.

Question 8. English philosophers Thomas Hobbes and John Locke share d the view that all government arrangements should be based on what pr inciple?


Question 9. Which of these three branches of government was NOT esta blished by the U.S. Constitution?

Question 10. Which of these beliefs is NOT a tenant of modern liberalis m?

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 tension b etween 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 power i n the individual states and left the national government weak and powerl ess.

Question 15. English philosopher John Locke wrote in his Second Treati se that the individual exists in a hypothetical state of __________.


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POL 201 Week 2 DQ 1 Policy and Your Life

For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com Policy and Your Life Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion question, read Cha pters 3 and 4 in American Government. In addition, watch the videos pr ovided on federalism: Quick Study of Federalism Part 1, Quick Study 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 caught in a swirl of conflicting crosscurrents. On the one hand, popular expecta tions about government's responsibility to solve problems often exceed t he capacity of state and local authorities to respond effectively. On the o ther hand, policies developed at the national level may not sufficiently re flect the great diversity of interests across the U.S. to be effective at the l ocal level. Moreover, the search for effective policy is further complicate d by theoretical debates about the constitutional framework of federalis


m, 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 y ou are seeking a degree in (i.e., your major). In your initial post, discuss the federalism challenges that this policy is creating or facing. For exa mple:

• If you are an education major, how are local, state, and fed eral government policies affected by the No Child Left Behind legislatio n or some other piece of education-related legislation?

• If you are a criminal justice major, how does recent legaliz ation of marijuana in some states affect local, state, and federal control over this issue? 


• If you are a business major, how does the insurance mandat e in the Affordable Care Actaffect local, state, and national businesses a nd their employees? 


• If you are a political science major how has the recent Citiz en’s United ruling affected the amount of money available for campaign s at the local, state, or federal levels? 
 Fully respond to all parts of the prompt and write your response in your own words. Your initial must be 200 to 250 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 them into your argument, and cite them pro perly. 
 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 yo ur reply to your classmates, attempt to take the conversation further by e xamining their claims or arguments in more depth or responding to the posts that they reply to you with. Keep the discussion on target and try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might co nsider 
 reflecting on why the legislation selected by one of your classmate’s is i mpacted differently than the one you selected.

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POL 201 Week 2 DQ 2 Week Two Reflection

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Prepare: Prior to beginning your reflection this week, complete all cour se readings and assigned videos, and the Discussion, “Policy and Your Life.”

Reflect: Once you have completed these assignments, think about how fe deralism 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 feder al government regulations, policies, and oversight— sometimes! Think about how federal statues affect your work or will affe ct your work in the future. Does Congress have oversight of any of the pr ocesses or products in your workplace? Do the government regulations, policies, and oversight sometimes conflict with local or state regulations, policies, and oversight?

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

• Describe how a federal policy affects your current or desire d workplace. 


· Explain what role Congress has in establishing workplace conditions in your current or desired job. 
 Fully respond to all parts of the prompt and write your response in your own words. Your initial post should be 200 to 250 words. Support your p osition with APA citations from two or more of the assigned resources re quired for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrate understa nding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite the


m 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 yo ur reply to your classmates, extend the conversation by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or by responding to the posts that the y reply to you with. Keep the discussion on target and try to analyze thin gs in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider compa ring how federal policies affect your workplace to how they affect a diffe rent workplace of one of your classmates.

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POL 201 Week 2 Learning Activity Federalism

For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com Federalism This week, we continue completing the worksheets in prepar ation for the Final Paper. One of the most important structures in the na tional government is federalism. Understanding the relationship betwee


n local, state, and national level governments is critical in being able to understand all of the key features of our national government. Describe an advantage and a disadvantage to a national policy that an agency in t he federal bureaucracy must implement. In addition, recommend an opti on to maintain the advantage and one to improve the disadvantage. To complete the assignment, save the Week Two Learning Activity Work sheet (available in the online classroom) to your computer, fill it out, an d submit it. Develop a detailed outline of your second main point using the Week Tw o Learning Activity Worksheet. 1. Federal Policies: • Provide a topic sentence that briefly describes one advantage and one disadvantage to a national policy that must be implemented by one agen cy of the federal bureaucracy. 
 • Provide a topic sentence that recommends one option to maintain the advantage and one to improve the disadvantage. 
 2. Scholarly Support: (Please access the Ashford Writing Center’s Samp le Annotated Bibliography) • Provide two credible sources in APA format to support your main poi nts. 
 • 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 classes visit www.snaptutorial.com Question 1. The national government can attempt to gain the cooperatio n 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 perce ntage vote of all members of Congress?

Question 4. Which legislative act is a good example of intergovernmenta l 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 t he use of force, Congress

Question 7. In federalism, the national government

Question 8. John C. Calhoun proposed the following to assert states’ rig ht:

Question 9. When Congress prepares a budget

Question 10. A unitary system of government has some advantages comp ared to a federal system. Which of these choices is NOT an advantage of a unitary system of government?

Question 11. A congressional whip is a floor leader that gauges support for bills and tries to enforce party discipline in accordance with a politic al agenda.

Question 12. True or False: Gerrymandering occurs when a district is in tentionally configured to equalize the influence of all component groups 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 be cause

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

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POL 201 Week 3 DQ 1 The Electoral College

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Prior to beginning work on this discussion question, read Chapters 5 a nd 6 in American Government. In addition, read the following articles:

“What Are the Arguments Made in Favor – and Against – the Electoral College?,”

“GOP Leaders United in Defense of the Electoral College,” and the Pr oQuest article

“Why the Electoral College is Bad for America.” Also, please watch this 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 design ed a process for selecting presidents that would minimize the president’s political power – the Electoral College. They hoped this institution would insulate the chi ef executive from the public because they feared the power of presidents who might be elected by the people. However, the Electoral College has also spawned a long ongoing debate about whether the Electoral

College should be abandoned in favor of new methods, which would ens ure that the candidate elected has the most popular votes. The controver sy over the Electoral College must be understood in order to better unde rstand how and why U.S. presidents are elected.


Write: In your initial post, summarize how the Electoral College works. Explain some of the main pros and cons in the debate about whether to k eep or abolish the current Electoral College process. In addition, evalua te one proposal to change how the system works without formally abolis hing it. Would this proposal effectively address some of the cons that you identified earlier in your post? Please explain your response.

Fully respond to all parts of the question and write your response in you r own words. Your initial post must be 200 to 250 words. Support your p osition with APA citations from two or more of the assigned resources re quired for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrate understa nding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite the m properly.

Respond to Peers: By Day 7, respond to at least two of your classmates' initial posts. Your peer responses should be 75to 100 words each. As yo ur reply to your classmates, attempt to take the conversation further by e xamining their claims or arguments in more depth or responding to the posts that they make to you. Keep the discussion on target and try to ana lyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might conside r comparing your classmates’ proposals for changing the Electoral Coll ege against your own proposal.

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POL 201 Week 3 DQ 2 Week Three Reflection

For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.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 govern ment often seem to operate independently and with little conflict. Many l aws are signed by the President and then implemented without a word fr om the judicial branch. However, there are times when executive decisio ns are challenged by the judicial branch in a process called judicial revi ew. In addition, there are times when a judicial review has direct impact on your life. For example, when the Supreme Court declared the Afford able Care Act constitutional, many people without health care insurance were finally able to purchase health care insurance. Additionally, when the Supreme Court


declared sections of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, some of the constraints that prevented many gay and lesbian couples from mar rying were eliminated. Executive Order 13658 on February 20, 2014 als o had a direct impact on many business people that contract with the fed eral government by increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Cl early, the actions of the executive and judicial branches often directly aff ect our lives.

Write: In your initial post, explain how and why the actions of the execut ive and/or judicial branches have personally affected your life. Fully res pond to all parts of the question. Write in your own words. Support your position with APA citations to two or more of the assigned resources req uired for this discussion. Fully respond to all parts of the prompt and wr ite your response in your own words. Your initial post must be 200 to 25 0 words. Please be sure that you demonstrate understanding of these res ources, integrate them into your argument, and cite them properly.

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POL 201 Week 3 Learning Activity Branches of Government


For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com Branches of Government. The three branches of our government each play crucial roles in the U.S. national government. Each branch has spe cific power, duties, and responsibilities that are the most apparent featur es of our system of separate powers. Nevertheless, each branch has been critiqued for having definite strengths and weaknesses that become obvi ous in certain situations. Analyzing these strengths and weaknesses will enable you to evaluate and recommend ways to enhance and correct the se fundamental assets and deficiencies of the branches of our national g overnment. To complete the assignment, save the Week Three Learning Activity Wor ksheet (available in the online classroom) to your computer, fill it out, a nd submit it. Develop a detailed outline of your third main point using the Week Thre e Learning Activity Worksheet.

• Branches of Government:

• Provide a topic sentence that briefly describes one strengt h and one weakness of one branch of our government: executive, legislat ive, or judiciary. 



• Provide a topic sentence that recommends one option to m aintain the strength and one to correct the weakness. 


• Scholarly Support: (Please access the Ashford Writing Center’s Samp le Annotated Bibliography)

• Provide two credible sources in APA format to support yo ur main points. 
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Briefly discuss how these sources support your main point.


 • lity. 


Briefly evaluate your sources for bias, validity, and reliabi

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POL 201 Week 3 Quiz


For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com 1. Question : In the realm of foreign affairs, presidents are usually weak and must soli cit congressional approval before entering into agreements with other c ountries.

Question 2. Question : Prior judicial experience is required to be appointed as a judge on the fe deral level.

Question 3. Question : The president and Congress are unable to control the bureaucracy or ho ld it accountable because:

Question 4. Question : The idea that citizens should be suspicious of a strong central governme nt would best be described as:

Question 5. Question : The scope of presidential power has expanded over time due to president s 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 which Act of Congress?

Question 8. Question : Which of these organizations has layers of both political appointees and 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?

Question 10. Question : Which president did NOT declare martial law on U.S. soil to place milit ary authorities in charge of state actions, instead of civilians?

Question 11. Question : Which of the following best defines an “imperial presidency”?


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Question 12. Question : Which of these presidents exercised “presidential prerogative” to expan d his authority in ways not stated in the Constitution?

Question 13. Question : What role does a court play when it takes the view that its decisions sho uld be based on what the Framers or the authors of particular statutes o r amendments intended?

Question 14. Question : Which of these authorities is NOT delegated to the president by the Cons titution?

Question 15. Question : The term “Red Tape” is the idea that:


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

For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com Individual Rights and the Obligations of Government. 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 fea tures to include a system of laws, rights, and liberties. The laws, created and supported by the Constitutional framework, are designed to protect and secure the rights and liberties of individuals and groups throughout the U.S. However, the government also has an obligation to provide for t he security of its citizens from serious internal and external threats that could cause grave or severe damage to our country. The need for homel and and national security can create a dilemma where conflicts emerge between these security needs and the demands for civil rights and liberti es.

Write: In your initial post, explain what obligations the U.S. government has towards its citizens and how can these obligations impact individual


and group rights? Provide realworld examples to support your explanation. Fully respond to all parts o f the prompt and write your response in your own words. Your initial res ponse must be 200 to 250 words. Support your position with APA citatio ns to two or more of the assigned resources required for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrate understanding of these resources, i ntegrate them into your argument, and cite them properly.

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POL 201 Week 4 DQ 2 Week Four Reflection

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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 Typology Quiz.

Reflect: Political parties mobilize voters to win elections and implement policy goals. Parties use their stated policy goals (i.e., their platforms) a s a way to mobilize voter support. Generally, in order to be successful in a twoparty system, parties must have policy goals across a broad range of iss ue areas to appeal to a broad range of voters.

Write: Identify one issue area that you want investigate. Use the assigne d resources required for this discussion to gather information about the goals and proposals, in that issue area, of three U.S. political parties – the Democratic and Republican parties and a third party. Summarize ea ch of the three parties’ policy goals in your issue area. Evaluate each pa rty's goals from two perspectives:

• According on your own political philosophy, values, or ideo logy based on the Political Typology Quiz results, which party’s position on this issue is closest to your own and which is furthest and why? 
 • Does each party currently have national popular support o n this issue? If so, why, and if not, why not? 


For example, if you are a ‘Steadfast Conservative,’ what do the Democr atic Party, the Republican Party, and a third party have to say about you


r position on taxation? If you are a ‘Solid Liberal,’ what do Democrats, Republicans, and a third party say about your views on environmental is sues? Who is the closest? Furthest away? Why? Your initial response must be 200 to 250 words. Justify your conclusions with facts and persuasive reasoning. Fully respond to all parts of the qu estion and write your response in your own words. Support your positio n with APA citations to two or more of the assigned resources required f or this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrate understanding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite them prope rly.

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

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Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections. The various political a ctors involved in the processes, activities, and policies of the U.S. govern ment each have evolving goals and objectives. In addition, these actors h ave produced differential effects, both positive and negative, on the proc esses, activities, and policies of the federal government. In this last week ly worksheet, you will assess the positive and negative impacts of politic al parties, interest groups, or federal elections on the national governme nt. In addition, you will recommend one option to enhance the positive i mpact and one to diminish the negative impact. This final effort will con clude the process of critically analyzing key features of our national gov ernment and prepare you for completion of your Final Paper in Week Fi ve.

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

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

• Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections: • Provide a topic sentence that briefly describes the one posi tive impact and one negative impact of one of the following: political pa rties, interest groups, or federal elections. 
 • Provide a topic sentence that recommends one option to a ccentuate the positive impact and one to lessen the negative impact. 
 • Scholarly Support: (Please access the Ashford Writing Center’s Samp le Annotated Bibliography)


• Provide two credible sources in APA format to support yo ur main points. 
 • Briefly discuss how these sources support your main point.


 • lity. 


Briefly evaluate your sources for bias, validity, and reliabi

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POL 201 Week 4 Quiz

For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com Question 1.What constitutional amendment guaranteed women the right to vote?

Question 2. How are interest groups are different from political parties?


Question 3. Which Supreme Court decision stated that affirmative action intended to promote greater equality was acceptable public policy, but t he use of quotas was not.

Question 4. True or False: The peaceful transfer of power from one gove rnment to the next has a long historical legacy and predates the formatio n 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, tend 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 Bil l 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 vot e 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 how 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 pa rty in American history?

Question 15. A private organization cannot deny service to any type of m inority group if:

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POL 201 Week 5 DQ 1 Voting and Voter Turnout

For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com Voting and Voter Turnout. Prepare: Prior to completing this discussion question, review Chapters 9 and 10 in American Government and the following articles: “How Vot er 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 moder n democratic political systems. One study ranks the U.S. 120th on a list of 169 nations compared on voter turnout (Pintor, Gratschew, & Sulliva n, 2002). During the last decade, many initiatives have been undertaken to increase voter participation, yet concerns about the possibility of elect ion fraud have also increased. Additionally, some political interests feel threatened by the increase in turnout among some traditionally lowturnout ethnic minorities. Several states have recently passed legislation imposing new registration and identification requirements. This has sparked debate about whether these are tactics in tended to suppress turnout or to prevent fraud.


Write: In your initial post, summarize recent developments in several sta tes enacting voter ID laws. Analyze and describe the pros and cons on b oth sides of the debate about these laws. Is voter fraud a major problem for our democracy or are some groups trying to make it harder for some segments of society to vote? Draw your own conclusion about the debat e over voter ID laws. Justify your conclusions with facts and persuasive reasoning.

Fully respond to all parts of the question and write your response in you r own words. Your initial post must be 200 to 250 words. Support your p osition with APA citations from two or more of the assigned resources re quired for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrate understa nding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite the m properly.

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POL 201 Week 5 DQ 2 Week Five Reflection

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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 detaile d in the U.S. Constitution. The process that the Founding Fathers used t o map out our national government is fascinating and illuminating. The Constitution creates a system of checks and balances and separation of powers that have been focal points for class discussions. In addition, the Constitution identifies three main branches for the national government: the legislative, executive, and judicial, which are tasked, respectively, w ith the creation of the legislation to guide the country, the implementatio n and execution of that legislation, and the review of that legislation for constitutionality and legality. Interacting with the federal government in cludes a variety of different actors and political processes such as the st ates, political parties, interest groups, and federal elections. All these fe atures create a vibrant and healthy democracy.

Write: In your initial post of at least 200 to 250 words, explain how and why one feature of the U.S. government is the most important for Americ a’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 pro cesses with the federal government.


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Use realworld examples and details to support your arguments. Support your pos ition with APA citations from two or more of the assigned resources req uired for this discussion. Please be sure that you demonstrate understan ding of these resources, integrate them into your argument, and cite the m properly. 


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

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America’s Democracy: Your Report Card. The primary goal of your last assignment is to critically analyze the primary features of the American national government. The results of your analysis will indicate what you have learned over the last five weeks. In order to accomplish this task, it is important to critically evaluate the key facets of our American democr acy. You have been preparing for this final assignment each week by constru cting a detailed outline of the Final Paper’s main points through the wee kly Learning Activities. In addition, you have read the course text and co urse readings, reviewed videos, and researched additional material for e ach week’s assignments and for this paper. This week, you will put all of those outlines, readings, reviews, and research together into a one sum mative paper. As we wrap up our course, reflect back on what you have learned about the key structures, systems, roles, and processes that embody our nation al government. Focus on the strengths and weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages, and positive and negative impacts of these aspects of our democracy. Use what you have learned so far to evaluate our national g overnment and recommend ways to enhance what works and repair wha t is not working well. Construct a sixpage paper based on the detailed outlines that you created over the last f our weeks. Scaffold your paper around the following outline: · • Title page 
 · • Introduction (half page): o•

Describe the paper’s overall thesis. 


o•

Provide an overview of main points. 


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


o• stitution. 


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

o• Recommend one option to maintain the strength and one to correct the weakness. 
 · • Federalism (1-1.5 pages) (Week 2): 
 a. Describe one advantage and one disadvantage of a national policy th at must be implemented by one agency of the federal bureaucracy. b. Recommend one option to maintain the advantage and one to improve the disadvantage. Branches of Government (1-1.5 pages) (Week 3): · • Describe one strength and one weakness of one branch of our gover nment: Executive, Legislative, or Judiciary. 
 · • Recommend one option to maintain the strength and one to correct t he weakness. 
 Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections (1-1.5 pages) (Week 4): a.Describe one positive impact and one negative impact of one of the foll owing: political parties, interest groups, or federal elections. 
 b.Recommend one option to accentuate the positive impact and one to le ssen 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 format ted 
according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. 
 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 s tatement. 
 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 tw o from the Ashford University 
Library. 
 7.Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Wr iting Center. 
 8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.


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