POL 201 Week 4 Learning Activity - Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections
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The various political actors involved in the processes, activities, and policies of the U.S. government each have evolving goals and objectives. In addition, these actors have produced differential effects, both positive and negative, on the processes, activities, and policies of the federal government. In this last weekly worksheet, you will assess the positive and negative impacts of political parties, interest groups, or federal elections on the national government. In addition, you will recommend one option to enhance the positive impact and one to diminish the negative impact. This final effort will conclude the process of critically analyzing key features of our national government and prepare you for completion of your Final Paper in Week Five.
To complete the assignment, save the Week Four Learning Activity Worksheet to your computer, fill it out, and submit it.
Develop a detailed outline of your fourth main point using the Week Four Learning Activity Worksheet.
1. Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections:
a. Provide a paragraph that briefly describes the one positive impact and one negative impact of one of the following: political parties, interest groups, or federal elections.
b. Provide a paragraph that recommends one option to accentuate the positive impact and one to lessen the negative impact.
2. Thesis Statement:
a. Provide a statement for the Final Paper that identifies the main argument and purpose of the paper.
3. Scholarly Support: (For assistance with your research, the Ashford University’s Library provides tutorials and recorded webinars on a variety of topics. To access these helpful resources look for the links located under the FindIt@AU search box on the library home page. For help with writing, please review the APA Style Aid, and Ashford Writing Center’s Sample Annotated Bibliography for additional help.)
a. Provide two credible sources in APA format to support your main points.
b. Briefly discuss how these sources support your main points.
c. Briefly evaluate your sources for bias, validity, and reliability.
View the POL201 Research Guide for help on how to find and evaluate sources for assignments in this course.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.