Initial Post Instructions

Initial Post Instructions

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

  • Option 1: Political scientists disagree on the exact causes of low representation of women in Congress. Why do you think there are so few women in Congress in comparison to men? How likely is it that these patterns of representation will dramatically change over your lifetime? For this discussion question, you will have to do some research online.
  • Option 2: What characteristics do you think voters look for when choosing a president? Do you think voters choose the characteristics they are looking for depending on the socioeconomic and political environment – lack of jobs, riots, COVID-19, environmental concerns and other issues etc.? Explain your answer.

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 references
  • Cite your sources when applicable (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside scholarly source)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references

What is the difference between the concepts “Living Constitution” and “Originalism” in judicial interpretation?

Sources:

David A. Strauss, “The Living Constitution,” University of Chicago Law School (27 September 2010).

The Living Constitution | University of Chicago Law School (uchicago.edu) (Links to an external site.

Joe Carter, “Justice Scalia explains why the “Living Constitution” is a Threat to America,” Acton Institute PowerBlog (14 May 2018).

Justice Scalia explains why the ‘living Constitution’ is a threat to America – Acton Institute PowerBlog (Links to an external site.)

  1. What is the difference between the concepts “Living Constitution” and “Originalism” in judicial interpretation? Which perspective do you find most convincing? Please explain.

For this assignment, the student is to read, summarize, and react to THREE news articles from West Africa, East Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, South Asia, or Australia.

For this assignment, the student is to read, summarize, and react to THREE news articles from West Africa, East Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, South Asia, or Australia.

Title of Article:

Date of Publication:

Summary of the article: (one paragraph) and your opinion (one paragraph)

What region of the world would you be interested in studying at an advanced level

What region of the world would you be interested in studying at an advanced level? Would you like a detailed study of the Americas, Europe, and Russia, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia? Why did you choose that region?

What are your thoughts on the Production Code of the 1930’s and how well it worked? 

  1. What are your thoughts on the Production Code of the 1930’s and how well it worked?
  2. Would such a code work today?
  3. Should we have more or less censorship of films today?
  4. Explain your rationale for your opinion and give at least two examples to support your position.
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Understanding the Power of Business Interests and Social Movements

Discussion 4: The Political Economy of the Presidency — Understanding the Power of Business Interests and Social Movements

Grover argues that we cannot adequately understand the presidency unless we include an analysis of how capitalism and different interest groups — especially “big business” — shape politics. In his view, many major perspectives on the presidency are flawed because they have ignored this point (for instance, Rossiter, Neustadt, and Schlesinger). Drawing on Grover (Chapter 2) and/or Tichenor, please consider how a focus on economic and social conflicts and interest groups can help us to understand the presidency. Your answer should consider some specific insights from the readings.

3. How does Tichenor’s analysis of social movements from the first half of the 20th Century add to our understanding? Does this fit with or challenge Grover’s views?

5. Can we apply Grover or Tichenor’s ideas to the Obama or Trump years?

*Read Chapter 2 of Grover (attached).

*Read Tichenor (attached).

*Please use page numbers in citations.

Discussion 3: Skowronek and Political Time — Placing Presidents in Relation to Governing Regimes

Discussion 3: Skowronek and Political Time — Placing Presidents in Relation to Governing Regimes

Skowronek argues that presidents face different leadership situations as they play specific roles in establishing or trying to maintain a political regime (political coalition).  Please write a post exploring the nature of Skowronek’s argument and considering how it potentially helps us to understand the presidency. Your answer should consider some specific insights from the readings.

2. How does Skowronek’s approach potentially complicate the contrast between a traditional presidency and a modern presidency?

4. How might Skowronek’s perspective help us to think about the Obama and/or Trump Administrations (not addressed in the reading)?

Discussion 3: Skowronek and Political Time — Placing Presidents in Relation to Governing Regimes

Discussion 3: Skowronek and Political Time — Placing Presidents in Relation to Governing Regimes

Skowronek argues that presidents face different leadership situations as they play specific roles in establishing or trying to maintain a political regime (political coalition).  Please write a post exploring the nature of Skowronek’s argument and considering how it potentially helps us to understand the presidency. Your answer should consider some specific insights from the readings.

2. How does Skowronek’s approach potentially complicate the contrast between a traditional presidency and a modern presidency?

4. How might Skowronek’s perspective help us to think about the Obama and/or Trump Administrations (not addressed in the reading)?

What did you learn about the application of federal power to Indian reservation territory and to the rights of American Indians from the summaries of this Supreme Court jurisprudence?

Source needed is attached as a pdf.

Then, respond to the following items:

  1. What did you learn about the application of federal power to Indian reservation territory and to the rights of American Indians from the summaries of this Supreme Court jurisprudence?
  2. From the summaries, in what ways did you see that the Federal government treats Indian reservations like sovereign nations? Like states?
  3. Do you think the Constitution and federal power should fully apply to Indian reservations or should federal power retreat, giving Indian nations greater autonomy (even if this means that Constitutional protections on reservations are weakened)?