Assignment 1: Politics – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Due Week 6 and worth
200 points

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

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

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

Your assignment must follow these formatting
requirements:

  • Be
    typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
    margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific
    format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include
    a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name,
    the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and
    the reference page are not included in the required assignment page
    length.

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

  • Identify informed opinions on issues and questions
    involving the U.S. government, national political processes, policy
    making, and the notion of democracy.
  • Employ terminology used to study political science
    and American government.
  • Distinguish
    between civil rights and civil liberties in the context of Supreme Court
    protection of freedom of expression.

·
Develop reasoned
written and spoken presentations on issues and questions involving the U.S.
government and national political processes using information in the course.

·
Explain how the
federal system of government works.

·
Explore different
perspectives on issues and questions about the U.S. government and national
political processes.

·
Describe the
importance of an informed, effective citizenship for the national government
and political processes.

  • Use technology and information resources
    to research issues in the field of U.S. government and politics.