Module 1 Assessments

Greetings & Introductions

Directions

Use this forum to introduce yourself to the professor and the class.

Begin by addressing the following questions: What is your major? What are your professional goals? Finally, consider the particulars of your day today. Somethings to take into account include the following; though this list is not exhaustive. Thus, feel free to reflect on daily details that may not be included below:

  • What did you eat for breakfast?
  • How was your commute to work? Did you drive or carpool? What observations did you make during your commute?
  • What is the nature of your job?
  • Do you have children? Are they enrolled in school? Public or private?

With this in mind, briefly describe your interaction with government. For example, how was your choice in breakfast impacted by government programs or legislation? How might your job be affected by government policy or, perhaps, your daily route to work, etc. The goal of this assignment is to emphasis that we all encounter government and politics daily whether we realize it or not.

Use your favorite search engine to find more information for discussion. Be sure to cite and reference the source(s) using APA style. (1)

Submission

Our discussions are a valuable opportunity to have thoughtful conversations regarding a specific topic. You are required to provide a comprehensive initial post with 3–4 well-developed paragraphs that include a topic sentence and at least 3–5 supporting sentences with additional details, explanations, and examples. In addition, you are required to respond substantively to the initial posts of at least two other classmates on two different days. All posts should be reflective and well written, meaning free of errors in grammar, sentence structure, and other mechanics.

Grading

This discussion is worth 30 points toward your final grade and will be graded using the Discussion Rubric . Please use it as a guide toward successful completion of this discussion.

Module 1 Discussion

This discussion alighs with Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 4.

Elitism v. Pluralism

Politics and government necessitates competition. Such competition can be viewed through the lens of the elite and pluralist theories of government. Describe the elite theory of government. Describe the pluralist theory of government. Which theory, in your opinion, best explains the American political system? Be sure to provide examples to support your line of thought. (1)

Submission

Click on Module 1 Discussion link to access the discussion board for Module 1. Our discussions are a valuable opportunity to have thoughtful conversations regarding a specific topic. You are required to provide a comprehensive initial post with 3–4 well-developed paragraphs that include a topic sentence and at least 3–5 supporting sentences with additional details, explanations, and examples. In addition, you are required to respond substantively to the initial posts of at least two other classmates on two different days. All posts should be reflective and well written, meaning free of errors in grammar, sentence structure, and other mechanics.

Grading

This discussion is worth 30 points toward your final grade and will be graded using the Discussion Rubric . Please use it as a guide toward successful completion of this discussion.

Quiz Document LinkUse the above link to access the quiz for this module.

This quiz aligns with Learning Outcomes 1-5

This quiz consists of 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Each question is worth 2 points for the total of 20 points toward your final grading. This quiz covers reading materials from Module 1. You have 30 minutes and 2 attempts with the highest score to complete this assessment. (1)

Look Ahead: Assembling Your Team

This assignment is due in Module 2.This assignment aligns with Learning Outcomes 1 and 4

Directions

Take a moment and review your classmates’ introductions. Be sure to take note of proposed college majors and professional aspirations. Students typically have these two areas in common first and foremost. Additionally, take care to note your peers’ professional and/or personal experience with government. This information is, perhaps, the most important when choosing a team, but also keep in mind that a positive learning experience can also be gained when working with those of whom you have the least in common with. Finally, select your team members, with five to six team members to a group. Doing so will correspond with the with five research options given. To join a team, select Tool & Resources navigation in Blackboard course. Then, select Teams/Groups to enroll yourself. Please note that team assignment operates under a first come, first serve basis. As such, once a team is filled, students must move on to other options. In the event that students have not joined a team by Week 3 of the course, the instructor reserves the right to assign students to a team accordingly, irrespectiveo of the topic. If you have any questions about team designation and/or the project as whole, please contact the instructor early on.

Finally, you will designate a team member to be responsible for submitting the outline and final project. Be sure that the names of everyone who participated are included on both presentations. More detailed instructions on completing this project are found in the individual module pages. (1)

Submission

Each team member needs to submit this assignment. Submit the assignment here as a Word document with the file name AssemblingYourTeam.docx. To submit, choose the Assignment: Assembling Your Team link above and use the file attachment feature to browse for and upload your completed document. Remember to choose Submit to complete the submission.

Grading

This assignment is worth 20 points toward your final grade. If you submit this assignment late, two points will be deduced for each day.

Look Ahead: Case Study

This assignment is due in Module 3 .

This assignment aligns with Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 5.

Directions

Review Module 1 Readings & Resources

Next, take note the of the list of countries below:

Further, I would like to also point you in the direction of The CIA World Factbook for additional information on these countries and others. Remember, any information pulled from this report should be properly cited in APA 6 th edition style and formatting .

The structure and function of the countries above reflect the definition of an oligarchy; that is, the rule of the elite, be it few or through one individual. This elite system of rulership can take place independently (authoritarian, dictatorship) or coexist with other forms of government such as democracy — including hybrid forms of democracy — theocracy, or, even communism. In terms of democracy, rhetoric in recent years suggests that the U.S. is not wholly democratic; that it is, in fact, an oligarchy. The ever-increasing role of money in campaigning champions this idea, especially in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Elections 2010 Committee. With this in mind, complete the following:

  • Identify the government structure of the United States; that is, its organization. For example, the three branches of government and where these branches derive their power.
  • Identify the government structure of one of the countries above; that it, its organization. For example, its branches of government and where these branches, if any, derive their power.
  • Next, evaluate citizen engagement in American politics; that is, voter participation and/or citizen efforts at lobbying the government. Are their factors that advance or restrain citizen engagement?
  • Then, evaluate citizen engagement in one of the countries above; that is, voter participation and/or citizen efforts at lobbying the government. Are their factors that advance or restrain citizen engagement?
  • Finally, evaluate American politics in comparison to the country of your choice. Does America reflect an elite theory of government (oligarchy) or does it reflect a pluralist theory (democracy) of government?

Your paper should be five pages in length, excluding title and reference pages. Four scholarly sources should be used, including two from the FSCJ online library. (1)

Submission

Submit the assignment here as a Word document with the file name Lastname _ Firstname _Oligarchy. docx . To submit, choose the Assignment: Case Study link above and use the file attachment feature to browse for and upload your completed document. Remember to choose Submit to complete the submission.

Grading

This assignment is worth 150 points toward your final grade and will be graded using the Case Study Rubric . Please use it as a guide toward successful completion of this assignment.