POL 201

  • POL 201 Entire Course

    POL 201 Entire Course

    Week 1 DQ 1 Separation of Powers/Checks and Balances. For much of 2011 and 2012, public dissatisfaction with Congress rose to all time highs, with 70-80% expressing disapproval with how Congress does its job. Many commentators note that Americans are...

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  • POL 201 Week 1 DQ 1

    POL 201 Week 1 DQ 1

    Week 1 DQ 1 Separation of Powers/Checks and Balances. For much of 2011 and 2012, public dissatisfaction with Congress rose to all time highs, with 70-80% expressing disapproval with how Congress does its job. Many commentators note that Americans are...

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  • POL 201 Week 1 DQ 2

    POL 201 Week 1 DQ 2

    DQ 2 Amending the U.S. Constitution. The formal process of amending the Constitution is cumbersome and slow. While this fact explains why relatively few amendments have been adopted, it does not discourage advocates of constitutional change from...

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  • POL 201 Week 2 DQ 1

    POL 201 Week 2 DQ 1

    DQ 1 Policy-making in the Federal System. The U.S. government's expansive role in public policy is caught in a swirl of conflicting cross-currents. On the one hand, popular expectations about government's responsibility to solve problems often exceed...

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  • POL 201 Week 2 DQ 2

    POL 201 Week 2 DQ 2

    DQ 2 Meet Your Rep. The Constitution states, "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States..." (Art. I, Sec. 2). Contrast this with the original constitutional language for the...

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  • POL 201 Week 3 DQ 1

    POL 201 Week 3 DQ 1

    Americans expect their presidents to get things done, to solve problems, to govern effectively, and to be strong leaders. The framers of the Constitution did not envision such presidential leadership. A scholar of the presidency points out that Article...

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  • POL 201 Week 3 DQ 2

    POL 201 Week 3 DQ 2

    Week 3 DQ 2 Presidential Leadership and the Electoral College. Americans expect their presidents to get things done, to solve problems, to govern effectively, and to be strong leaders. The framers of the Constitution did not envision such presidential...

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  • POL 201 Week 4 DQ 1

    POL 201 Week 4 DQ 1

    DQ 1 The Supreme Court and Judicial Review. In a recent lecture at Yale University, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer cautioned that while most citizens assume that judicial review is an enduring part of American government, judges should not take it...

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  • POL 201 Week 4 DQ 2

    POL 201 Week 4 DQ 2

    DQ 2   Habeas Corpus and the War on Terror. Soon after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the Bush administration developed a plan for holding and interrogating prisoners captured during the conflict. They were sent to a prison inside a U.S...

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  • POL 201 Week 5 DQ 1

    POL 201 Week 5 DQ 1

    Week 5 DQ 1 Party Platforms and Winning Elections. Political parties mobilize voters to win elections and implement policy goals. Parties use their stated policy goals (i.e., their platforms) as a way to mobilize voter support. Generally, in order to...

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  • POL 201 Week 5 DQ 2

    POL 201 Week 5 DQ 2

    DQ 2 Voting and Turnout. The U.S. has one of the lowest voter turnout rates among modern democratic political systems. One study ranks the U.S. 120th on a list of 169 nations compared on voter turnout (Pintor, Gratschew, & Sullivan, 2002). While...

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