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POL 215 Week 1 Foundations of the U.S. Federal Government Worksheet

Complete the Foundations of the U.S. Federal Government Worksheet.

Submit your worksheet to the Assignment Files tab.

Foundations of the U.S. Federal Government Worksheet

Part A: Complete the following chart by identifying the three branches of government and their entities.


Part B – Short Answer

Respond to each question in 75 to 100 words.





What are some of the historical events that shaped the formation of the U.S. federal government? Select one event you think had a major effect on the federal government. How does this event affect U.S. citizens today?


Who were some of the early philosophical contributors to U.S. government? How did their ideas help shape the current government of the United States?






What is the main function of the legislative branch? What role does the executive branch play in the formation of laws? Summarize how these two branches work together.






What is the role of the judicial branch? Who elects members of this branch? Briefly describe the judicial process.






Define federalism. How does federalism affect your day-to-day life? Consider these areas: transportation, education, technology, or the environment, for example.






POL 215 Week 2 Constitution and Systems of the State

Locate your state’s constitution and examine the major elements and articles of the constitution.

Review its contents and functions. Search for information about the branches of government and the funding sources for your state government.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that addresses the following:




How are the main components of government set up by your state’s constitution?


Which branch of your state government seems the most powerful, on paper? What evidence do you use for your choice?


Does the state constitution contain a Bill of Rights? If so, what appears to be the most important feature?


Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.





POL 215 Week 3 Interest Groups and State Government Presentation

Consider this scenario: You are working as an aide for a representative in your state legislature, and he or she has asked you for a summary of information on a particular interest group.

Use the following instructions to prepare your 10- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® or Prezi presentation to the representative:

Identify and provide a description of one interest group.

Discuss its connection or relationship to each of the two major political parties in your state.

Analyze the interest group’s relationship with the two major political parties by addressing these questions:




How does the group influence the state government?


What techniques does the group use?


How important is the interest group to your representative?


Summarize the information you found regarding this interest group and provide a recommendation to the representative for responding to the issue with which the interest group is most concerned.

Include speaker notes.




For Local Campus, deliver a 10- to 15-minute oral presentation accompanied by your slides or multimedia.


For Online Campus, provide detailed speaker notes in the presentation file or in a separate document.


Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.





POL 215 Week 3 Elections and Voter Turnout

Use the Elections and Voter Turnout Worksheet to complete your analysis about the election and voter turnout in your state’s last gubernatorial election.

Submit your worksheet to the Assignment Files tab.

Elections and Voter Turnout Worksheet


Answer each question below in 50 to 75 words.





Who were the candidates for governor in your state (or state of choice) during the last election? Identify their political party affiliation. Who won the election?






What were the gubernatorial candidates’ platforms?






What was the state voter turnout in this election?






What are three ways to improve voter turnout in the future?






What are three ways that citizens can get involved in politics in your state (or state of choice)?






POL 215 Week 4 Local Government Issues Presentation

Review the Rural, Suburban, and Urban Issues Worksheet completed in Week 2. Note. If you did not complete this worksheet in Week 2, complete it now to help you organize your thoughts.

Select a local government within your state to analyze. You may select either an urban, suburban, or rural government to review.

Prepare a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation addressing the following:




Describe which area you chose: urban, suburban, or rural. Briefly describe the area’s demographics and characteristics.


Describe the local form of government and identify the major elected officials of your selected area.


Identify the major public policy issues, current events, and challenges this government faces and analyze one in depth.


Discuss how the state government is addressing the issue you selected.


Provide at least two potential, realistic solutions to the public policy issues, current events, and challenges this government faces.


Include speaker notes to provide more in-depth information.

Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.




For Local Campus students, these are 10- to 15-minute oral presentations accompanied by Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations.


For Online and Directed Study students, these are Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations with notes.


Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.





POL 215 Week 5 Multiple Governments and Intergovernmental Relationships

Read the “Hydrofracking” article on this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings page.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper based on the Hydrofracking article. Include the following points in your paper:




Describe the ways in which different levels of government interrelate. What solution are the different governments trying to achieve?


Identify the advantages and disadvantages in the ways that the governments involved work together.


Provide a possible solution to the current way of hydrofracking that would be better by having different levels of government work together. Include ways in which communication between the governments might be improved.


Identify a way for local and state governments to both stimulate their economies while being respectful of the environment.


Provide an example of a current issue near your home that involves multiple governments and the ways in which they do or do not work together effectively. Examples could include environmental, educational, or technological issues.


Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit your paper to the Assignment Files tab.
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