Who Has the Power? (unless other topic has been approved)
For the written assignment, you will explain how the constitutional structure that shapes American politics. Write a 3-4 page paper on the relative power of the president, Congress, and the federal judiciary in which you complete the following:
Draw extensively on information from all relevant chapters of textbook (which may count as one of you sources) and relevant presentations. Use well-constructed paragraphs and sentences.
Note: For Social Sciences, one of the primary learning objectives is critical assessment. For the political science department in particular, critical assessment of patterns and relations of power is a primary goal. This is, in fact, required to maintain state course accreditation. Indeed, the final essay is broad and covers an enormous amount of materials, and this is purposefully so. Nearly every topic we have covered has entire textbooks written on it. The goal for your course capstone paper is to research and assess complex information and communicate their impacts on the topic(s) at hand. The topic for your essay this quarter was purposely chosen to incorporate many American Government-specific learning outcome goals (See syllabus link for a list of those) and to allow you some creativity in choosing how you approach the topic. I am happy to work with you and read drafts if the drafts are emailed to me 7 days prior to the final due date.. It is at the discretion of each instructor to accept other pre-approved topics which I personally do allow each quarter so that students may always have input. If you wish to write on a different topic, I must receive an email from you by July 20,