- For this assignment, you are required to choose an essay topic (only one) by visiting the websites listed under the heading Chapter Options below.
- Write one short essay (two or three paragraphs: minimum 9 sentences) on the article/topic you selected that includes the following:
- explain why you decided to research that topic
- how does it relate to the chapter(s) covered in this module
- discuss whether you consider this site a good tool for learning about American politics.
- APA format
Chapter 9: Congress
- National Committee for
Effective Congress provides a broad range of national and international
political information. To learn what are the current predictions on
electoral races at the U.S. Senate, visit http://www.ourcampaigns.com/SenateList.html or http://www.ourcampaigns.com/HouseList.html for information on electoral races in the House of Representatives.
- Earmarks are the language that
members of Congress insert into legislation that dedicates funds for
specific uses, many whose broad benefits can be questioned. http://www.ascrs.org/legislative-and-regulatory/washington-watch-weekly
tracks your representatives and the bills in Congress they introduce,
providing estimates of their costs or savings when available.
- The Library of Congress “Thomas”
website is an excellent source of information on current legislation. To
find about present bills at the 113th Congress go to http://thomas.loc.gov/home/LegislativeData.php?&n=BillText&c=113
Chapter 10: The Presidency
- The War Powers Resolution was
passed in 1973 to define and limit the president’s power during times of
war. Read the full text of the resolution on this website: http://www.loc.gov/law/help/war-powers.php. You could also visit any of the links provided on related topics at the end of the resolution’s text. Watch – Optional Study Video
- Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S.
Presidential Elections provides Information on upcoming and past
presidential elections. By visiting this site you can also experiment
with the electoral college calculator to see how your state could affect
the electoral outcome: http://www.uselectionatlas.org/
- The first lady is an
important resource for the president in his role as head of state. Read
about current and past first ladies by visiting the following web-site: https://www.whitehouse.gov/about/first-ladies
- Presidential attempts to increase
executive power by influencing or diminishing the authority of other
branches of government have been a source of political conflict during
different administrations. To read about news on Congress, the White
House and current political issues visit http://www.politico.com/.
Chapter 11: Bureaucracy
- Project on Government
Oversight is an independent, not-for-profit organization that seeks to
make government more accountable by investigating corruption and
misconduct. The group examines all types of government bureaucracies.
Visit http://www.pogo.org/ to read the articles discussing some of the present issues under investigation.
- The Department of Homeland
Security was created after 9/11 to promote bureaucratic communication
and domestic security. See what the department is doing to protect
America from foreign threats by visiting: http://www.dhs.gov/topics
- Suppose that a person was aware of
some corruption that was occurring in the government agency in which
she or he worked. What should a person in this situation do? Would it be
plausible to be a whistle-blower? What are the possible implications
for reporting corruption? Is it honest and ethical to engage in
whistle-blowing? If this type of corruption was not reported, would
ignore the situation to be indicative of honest and ethical behavior on
the part of the person who was aware of the situation at hand? Explain.
Chapter 12: The Federal Courts
- The web-site for U.S.
Supreme Court Media has a great search engine for finding information on
landmark cases like Marbury v. Madison, Miranda v. Arizona, Roe v.
Wade; and the most recent cases of Fisher v. The University of Texas,
Shelby County v. Holder; and Hollingsworth v. Perry. To find information
on any of these cases visit: http://www.oyez.org/
- The U.S. court system
consists of trial, appellate, and supreme courts. The U.S. Courts
website provides a look at the different types of courts in the federal
judiciary. To learn about the federal court system visit: http://www.uscourts.gov.