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For all Assessments, the following general requirements hold:

(1) Assignments should be 2-3 double-spaced pages, with reasonable (12 pt.) font and reasonable (1 inch) margins.

(2) Citations to the material are required; in-text citations are preferred (MLA style).

(3) Assignments should be turned into eCampus (for the collection of artifacts for scoring).

Assignment Three:

When You Win…SLO #3

  1.  Research the committees of the House ( http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/ ) and state senate (http://www.senate.state.tx.us/committees.php )
  2. Choose at least three (3) committees on which you’d serve, if elected.
    1.  Explain each committee’s functions.
    2. Explain why your placement on these committees is justified.  How does it serve your district’s needs?  How does it emphasize your experiences/interests?
  3. What kind of constituent service would you be likely to do?  What kind of “home style” would you create (and how?)  Most Texans do not know who their legislators are.  How do you seek to solve that problem?

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Program-Level Outcome 1: Communication Skills – to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication

1. Written: Process and produce effective written communication adapted to audience, purpose, and time constraints.

Program-Level Outcome 2: Critical Thinking Skills – to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information

Program-Level Outcome 5: Personal Responsibility – to include the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making

Program-Level Outcome 6: Social Responsibility – to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities

Course Level Outcomes :

2. Describe state and local political systems and their relationship with the federal government.

5. Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in Texas.

6. Analyze the state and local election process.

7. Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

8. Analyze issues, policies and political culture of Texas.

Wk3 American Government

Creating and Argument: The Electoral College

This week we learned about the presidency, the powers of the presidency, and the unique way our president is elected via the Electoral College. In this assignment you will be guided in creating a complete argument regarding whether or not you think the Electoral College should be kept or eliminated.

This activity will be useful practice in how to create and present and thoughtful argument. The ability to create and communicate a thoughtful argument will help you out in future studies and in any career.

Your essay must be at least 500 words long.

Follow these steps to create an argument in the form of an essay:

Step 1

In one or two very clear sentences state whether or not you think the Electoral College should be kept or eliminated. This is called writing a thesis statement.

Step 2

In three paragraphs describing three (3) arguments that support your position regarding the Electoral College. Give each argument one paragraph. Do not just list three arguments in support of your position regarding the Electoral College. You must tell the reader why each of your three arguments supports your position on the Electoral College.

Step 3

In three paragraphs describe three (3) arguments that go against your position regarding the Electoral College. This is called addressing counterarguments. Give each counterargument one paragraph. Describe the counterargument and then tell the reader of your essay why that counterargument should be dismissed.

Step 4

Write one paragraph concluding your essay. Restate your initial position on the Electoral College. And review the one or two arguments that you found to be the most compelling in support of your position.

Step 5

Write a reference list. In any good argument you will present your ideas but then include evidence from credible external sources to support your ideas. Always include a reference list.

In outline form your paper should look like this.

1.  Introduction: Thesis statement of your position regarding the Electoral College.

2.  Three arguments supporting your position.

a.  Describe argument 1 and why it supports your position.

b.  Describe argument 2 and why it supports your position.

c.  Describe argument 3 and why it supports your position.

3.  Three counter arguments opposing your position.

a.  Describe counter argument 1 and why it is not sufficient.

b.  Describe counter argument 2 and why it is not sufficient.

c.  Describe counter argument 3 and why it is not sufficient.

4.  Conclusion paragraph.

Please note: APA formatting and citations rules apply to this and all essays in this course.

As with all weekly written assignments, submit your work as an attached file. Double-space your paper and use 12 point Times New Roman

Virtual Museum Exibition

Students will individually participate in creating and constructing a virtual museum exhibit on the subject of American History from 1863 to the present. The assignment will be completed and turned in as the final exam grade for this class. Each student will select a minimum of 10 display items in the form of images, artifacts, photographs etc. They must then be arranged in such a way that is meaningful, historically, to construct an analytical argument relevant to the selected theme assigned to you.

In 1200 words[CS1] 

· Provide brief but succinct, captions for each item on display. Each caption should identify the following display item and its origin (citation regarding where you obtained the item and it must clarify the relation to the larger argument you are presenting).[CS2] 

· Provide a summary overview of the collection’s theme and inclusion of its argument; in other words, explain how it all fits together in the larger context. Examples to follow.

Introduction: Include a paragraph (150 words or so) that explains how the collection fits into the overall exhibition message. For example, what themes would you emphasize, what is the point you are attempting to get across to add to the visitor experience, if you were arranging the whole exhibit. Discussing possible themes can be a group effort but the written product where you articulate your point of view must be yours alone.

Make certain that your page has a cohesive and descriptive title or name.

Hence, you are required to draw from our readings and class discussions, and you are required to do outside research to address context and to support your argument. Additionally, a bibliography is required formatted to the Chicago Manual of style (Turabian).

American Diversity

The diversity of the American people and the relationships among different groups. The roles of race, class, ethnicity, and gender in the history of the United States.

American Identity

Views of the American national character and ideas about American exceptionalism. Recognizing regional differences within the context of what it means to be an American.

Culture

Diverse individual and collective expressions through literature, art, philosophy, music, theater, and film throughout U.S. history. Popular culture and the dimensions of cultural conflict within American society.

Demographic Changes

Changes in birth, marriage, and death rates; life expectancy and family patterns; population size and density. The economic, social, and political effects of immigration, internal migration, and migration networks.

Economic Transformations

Changes in trade, commerce, and technology across time. The effects of capitalist development, labor and unions, and consumerism.

Environment

Ideas about the consumption and conservation of natural resources. The impact of population growth, industrialization, pollution, and urban and suburban expansion.

Globalization

Engagement with the rest of the world from the fifteenth century to the present: colonialism, mercantilism, global hegemony, development of markets, imperialism, cultural exchange.

Politics and Citizenship

Colonial and revolutionary legacies, American political traditions, growth of democracy, and the development of the modern state. Defining citizen- ship; struggles for civil rights.

Reform

Diverse movements focusing on a broad range of issues, including anti- slavery, education, labor, temperance, women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, war, public health, and government.

Religion

The variety of religious beliefs and practices in America from prehistory to the twenty-first century; influence of religion on politics, economics, and society.

Slavery and Its Legacies in North America

Systems of slave labor and other forms of unfree labor (e.g., indentured servitude, contract labor) in Native American societies, the Atlantic World, and the American South and West. The economics of slavery and its racial dimensions. Patterns of resistance and the long-term economic, political, and social effects of slavery.

War and Diplomacy

Armed conflict from the precolonial period to the twenty-first century; impact of war on American foreign policy and on politics, economy, and society.

Board

The original thread must incorporate ideas and citations from all of the required readings and presentations for that module/week. It must also address statecraft as part of a meaningful discussion of effective statesmanship. The reply posts must also integrate ideas and citations from the required readings and presentations for the module/week.

In this course, Discussion Board Forums play an exceptionally important role. Consider these threads and replies to be formal communications on the same level as those you would conduct with employers, clients, or colleagues in the professional, political, or academic world. As such, they must be free of grammatical errors, must be properly formatted in current Turabian style, and must consist of well-reasoned, contemplative, and substantive posts and replies, rather than mere ipse dixit. These threads and replies must be adequately supported by citations of the sources or support for your ideas as well as any quoted materials.

TEXTBOOK READINGS

 Cochran et al.: chs. 11–12 

  • Evaluate the key facets and challenges related to Homeland Security policies and foreign policy
  • Examine the key challenges related to immigration policy
  • Examine the key challenges related to foreign policy
  • Evaluate how these policy areas may or may not have competing goals.
  • Evaluate the above with a Biblical model of government and statesmanship.

THREAD 400-500 WORDS

  • 2 scholarly sources per post 
  • All required sources must be cited