US POLITICAL SYSTEM INSTRUCTIONS AND RESOURCES

US POLITICAL SYSTEM INSTRUCTIONS AND RESOURCES

Scenario

You work for a lobbying corporation in Washington, DC, and are responsible for mentoring the new summer interns. Your team has decided that the intern training process needs to include a presentation about the structure and function of the U.S. political system. You have been tasked with creating that presentation.

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A young woman smiling in front of the U.S. Capitol

 

Directions

Visual presentation: To make sure that all of the interns have an appropriate overview of the U.S. political system, you must create a visual presentation for their training session. Your team has decided that the following elements should be included in the presentation:

· Illustrate the relationships between the various branches and levels of the government.

· You should include both the federal and state level and discuss the balance between them.

· Discuss the various roles of stakeholders in political decisions.

· You should discuss the following stakeholders: states, one political advocacy organization, citizens, and foreign governments.

· Explain the influence that citizens have on/in the various levels of government.

· Consider the various options that citizens have to be involved in the government, such as voting, affiliation with political groups, social media, and running for office.

· You should include local, state, and national levels of government for comparison.

· In an unbiased manner, explain how political motivations and ideology might affect legislative and policymaking processes.

· This should be a brief and unbiased overview. You should give your interns insight into how these issues affect the U.S. political system.

· Use the following as examples:

· Free college tuition

· Gun control

· Tax reform

· An unbiased overview means giving a balanced summary of an issue, fairly presenting the arguments on both sides. That does not mean that you must agree with both sides, but you must be able to present both sides of the argument objectively.

· Compare and contrast the structure of the U.S. political system to China’s political system.

· Focus on the idea of democratic vs. authoritarian governments, using the United States’ and China’s political systems as examples.

· Use the resources provided for you in the Supporting Materials section.

 

What to Submit

Every project has a deliverable or deliverables, which are the files that must be submitted before your project can be assessed. For this project, you must submit the following:

Visual Presentation Create a visual presentation using PowerPoint that includes speaker notes. Accompanying notes should be approximately 1,000 to 1,250 words in length.

 

Supporting Materials

The following resource(s) may help support your work on the project:

Citation Help Need help citing your sources? Use the CfA Citation Guide and Citation Maker.

Comparing Asian Politics: India, China and Japan Pages 218–224 of Chapter 10 (China: The Party-State System) in this Shapiro Library resource contain useful information on China’s government and political system.

CIA World Factbook: China Use this resource to help you with your research on China’s government and political system.

BRANCHES OF THE US GOVERNMENT:

https://www.usa.gov/branches-of-government

https://eds-s-ebscohost-com.ezproxy.snhu.edu/eds/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=3adb04a0-0bad-4fd9-ba7e-0ff3936f5929%40redis&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#AN=95330328&db=ers

Resource: American Government,  Module Three

These sections from the American Government MindEdge resource explain how the president has assumed an elevated role in the American democratic system and abroad over the course of history. The power evolution has expanded far beyond the scope of authority outlined in Article II by the framers. The nation frequently turns to the president to solve problems both foreign and domestic.

After entering Module Three (The Presidency: Leadership and Administration), select the Content Navigation control on the left side of the screen to locate and read the following sections:

· Section 3.03: The Presidency

· Section 3.04: Powers of the Presidency

· Section 3.05: The President’s Multiple Roles

· Section 3.06: Serving the President: The Executive Branch

While you read, consider the following questions:

· How does presidential appointment check the power of judicial authority?

· How have inherent powers expanded overall executive authority?

· How do executive orders enhance presidential power, and can the Supreme Court rule against them?

Resource: American Government,  Module Two

The presidency has assumed that mantle of most powerful in many ways. Still, this MindEdge resource examines how congressional authority has expanded over the years due to growing federal power and Supreme Court decisions. Additionally, party affiliation currently plays a large role in policymaking.

After entering Module Two (Congress: Legislation and Oversight), click on the Content Navigation control on the left side of the screen to locate and read the following sections:

· Section 2.03: Comparison of the Branches of Government

· Section 2.04: Congress

Consider the following questions while you read:

· What are the enumerated powers possessed by Congress?

· How does the “Necessary and Proper” clause expand congressional authority?

· Which House committee determines which bills receive floor consideration?

Resource: American Government,  Module Four

The power of the Supreme Court and the federal court system is perhaps more controversial than the other branches. The public struggles with the concept of a system populated by judges with life tenure executing authority over the president and Congress. This MindEdge resource describes the federal court structure but also explains how judicial authority is distributed.

After entering Module Four (Federal Courts, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights), click on the Content Navigation control on the left side of the screen to locate and read the following sections:

· Section 4.03: The Federal Court System

· Section 4.04: The Supreme Court

Consider the following questions while reading this MindEdge resource:

· Which branch possesses the authority to create federal courts and determine jurisdiction?

· What is the difference between constitutional courts and legislative courts?

· What is the difference between original and appellate jurisdiction?

· Which jurisdiction does the Supreme Court possess?

STAKEHOLDERS IN US POLITICS:

Resource: American Government,  Module Five

Several constitutional framers feared the power of factions. The power of contemporary interest groups may justify these concerns. The MindEdge text describes the categories of interest groups as well as their activities.

After entering Module Five (Political Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups), select the Content Navigation control on the left side of the screen to locate and read the following sections:

· Section 5.07: Interest Groups

· Section 5.08: Functions of Interest Groups

Consider the following questions while reading this text:

· What is the purpose of political action committees (PACs)?

· What is lobbying and how does the federal government regulate the practice?

· Most interest groups fall under which category?

· Which interest group category tends to be most effective?

https://scholar.flatworldknowledge.com/books/32450/paletz_1.0-ch09_s02/read (sec 9.3)

https://scholar.flatworldknowledge.com/books/32450/paletz_1.0-ch09_s03/read (Sec 9.4)

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.snhu.edu/lib/snhu-ebooks/reader.action?ppg=34&docID=415162&tm=1547305178520 (Ch 2 PG 35-42)

CITIZEN INFLUENCE ON US POLITICS:

Resource: American Government,  Module Seven

After entering Module Seven (Public Opinion and Political Participation), click on the Content Navigation control on the left side of the screen to locate and read the following sections:

· Section 7.07: Political Participation

· Section 7.08: Voting Behavior

· Section 7.09: Flashcards

· Section 7.10: Gameshow

A democracy is built on popular sovereignty, which needs citizen participation and engagement to thrive. Americans enjoy many participation options. The readings from this MindEdge text examine civic activities and participation types.

Consider the following questions while reading and completing the activities:

· What are the degrees of citizen participation?

· What factors contribute to low voter turnout?

· What factors impact voter choice?

https://scholar.flatworldknowledge.com/books/32450/paletz_1.0-ch11_s01/read (Sec 11.2)

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.snhu.edu/lib/snhu-ebooks/reader.action?ppg=83&docID=415162&tm=1547387445099 (Ch 5)

https://scholar.flatworldknowledge.com/books/30535/lulemedia_1.0-ch11_s02/read (Sec 11.3)

POLITICAL MOTIVATIONS AND IDEOLOGY:

https://sk-sagepub-com.ezproxy.snhu.edu/books/contemporary-american-politics-and-society/n1.xml#d25 (Ch 1)

Resource: American Government,  Module Seven , Section 7.03

After entering Module Seven (Public Opinion and Political Participation) in this MindEdge resource, navigate to section 7.03 titled “Acquiring Political Beliefs”. Democracy frees citizens to develop and communicate beliefs and opinions. It is therefore valuable to understand the factors influencing our worldview. This text describes the factors, events, and people impacting our beliefs while also identifying belief categories. Additionally, it considers which interests drive and direct political activity.

Consider the following questions while reading this text:

· What are the agents of political socialization?

· Which social factors influence beliefs?

· Which ideology calls for dramatic reduction in government influence?

https://scholar.flatworldknowledge.com/books/32450/paletz_1.0-ch06_s01/read (Sec 6.2)

FORMS OF GOVERNMENT:

Resource: American Government,  Module One

After entering Module One (History and Background), click on the Content Navigation control on the left side of the screen to locate and read the following sections:

· Section 1.05: Types of Government

· Section 1.06: Theories of Democracy

· Section 1.06.1: Differing Opinions About Democracy

· Section 1.06.2: Power in a Democracy

Comparing government forms involves determining the levels of personal liberty as well as the decentralization and distribution of political authority. The basic question considers who governs and why. The readings in this MindEdge text compare the various governing systems.

Consider the following questions while reading this text:

· Which system makes the executive branch accountable to the legislative branch?

· What are the requirements for a thriving democracy in addition to free and fair elections?

· Which system requires wealth or status from its participants?

https://sk-sagepub-com.ezproxy.snhu.edu/reference/intlpoliticalscience/n137.xml (PG. 583-591)

https://sk-sagepub-com.ezproxy.snhu.edu/reference/intlpoliticalscience/n409.xml (PG. 1771-1774)

https://sk-sagepub-com.ezproxy.snhu.edu/reference/intlpoliticalscience/n29.xml?fromsearch=true (PG. 108-114)

https://sk-sagepub-com.ezproxy.snhu.edu/reference/intlpoliticalscience/n366.xml (PG 1613-1618)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4quK60FUvkY

hhttps://sk-sagepub-com.ezproxy.snhu.edu/video/four-challenges-that-the-chinese-communist-party-leadership-faces?clip=124584ttps://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/china/

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