Discuss how the Courts Address or Respect Our Rights as Citizens
Boston Marathon bombing
Summarize the event
Write 2-3 or more sentences for each of the following:
Significance (no sentences limit).
Why should your audience care about this topic?
What future implications resulted from this event?
Conclusion (no sentences limit)
What were the lessons learned from this emergency or disaster?
Brexit Final prompt
Brexit Prompt: While scholars broadly characterize Brexit as “far-reaching” (Gamble 2016; Jones 2018;
Sanders 2018), some have argued that “[post Brexit] [t]he breakup of the UK has become even more likely, if not yet certain, than it was before.” (Gamble 2016, pg. 19), suggesting that Brexit has made it more likely that a second Scottish independence referendum will not only be called, but will also pass. Based on your understanding of the British state, do you agree that Brexit has made it more likely that the United Kingdom will
“break up”? Why/Why not?
To address this prompt, your paper should course readings and lecture material to do the following:
1. Briefly explain why the Brexit referendum was successful (i.e., Which factors contributed to
its passage? Who voted for Brexit? Who opposed it?).
2. Identify the institutional attributes of the British state which could promote unraveling in the
aftermath of Brexit (i.e., HINT: How does the political context of the UK as a
“multinational/centralized” state shape prospects? How does devolution shape post Brexit
3. Identify the socio-cultural consequences which could promote “unraveling”?
4. Use the above to make an argument for whether Brexit has made it “more likely” that the
United Kingdom will “break up”.
Requirements: The essay should be 6-8 (double spaced) pages in length, use 12-point font, apply standard
margins, use course readings to support your argument, and should contain a bibliography.
How does this source connect with themes or ideas you have learned in your history or political science courses?
Choose ONE primary source from the provided list of options. Read through the source and any contextual information that is provided about the source. After you have carefully read the source write a 575 word essay in which you address the following questions:
What is the source’s central? How does the author argue for this?
What is the context of the time period in which this piece was written?
What potential biases might the author have and why?
How does this source connect with themes or ideas you have learned in your history or political science courses? Be specific and give examples.
The goal of this assessment is to demonstrate comprehension, historical connections, and the use of proper citations. You should not do any any additional resource for your essay and utilize only the one selected primary source from the list below. Essays must be typed, a minimum of 575 words, and use proper citation. You may use MLA style in-text citations. A works cited page is not necessary.
Essays will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Knowledge and understanding of source as well as bias (6a, 6d)
Ability to place the source in historical context & provide specific evidence (6b, 6e)
Critical analysis of the source by drawing comparisons to themes learned in social science courses (6a, 6b, 6c)
Use of frequent and direct references to the source (6d).
Use of proper citation (6e)
The topic I chose was:
Topic: Political polarization and identity
The source you may use:
Barack Obama’s 2004 DNC Keynote Speech
Just utilize the link above.
Description: Speech given by then Illinois State legislator Barack Obama outlining a vision of America.
What fundamental insight does the article convey regarding the topic chosen in this region (and/or country),and how to understand it?
In PSC 216, you have chosen to write an three article reviews based on the subject matter sections in this course ( the Middle East, Africa & Latin America). The articles you choose can pertain to the entire region itself, or a country within this region (mix & match). Make sure you also choose lengthy articles from credible sources (No wikipedia). The articles you choose can be of a political nature, historical, cultural. For example, you might one to choose an article that discuses a social issue within the region or country of your choice.
Read these instructions carefully before you begin.
Each article review paper will be 3-4 pages long, double spaced using a 12 font. Paper must include a cover page (with your name, title of topic, course # & section (an Honors course section will soon be created for you in this class, you will be required to drop out of PSC 216-0C1 and reenroll in the new created section.) In addition to a reference page too. Both pages are in addition to each the 3-4 pages. Each paper must include these three(3) questions that you will use as your headings:
1) What is the main idea of the article?
What fundamental insight does the article convey regarding the topic chosen in this region (and/or country),and how to understand it? In other words, what idea links the information or arguments contained in the article together in a coherent fashion? Two paragraphs are sufficient.
2) What observations, descriptions or arguments does the article use to support the main idea?
To answer this question, choose specific examples or descriptions, case studies, major arguments, or individual experiences discussed in the article, and then explain how it illustrates the main idea or major them. If there is more than one major theme to the article, be sure to cover all of them in this section. As a general rule, four to five paragraphs should be sufficient, but more may be necessary depending on the length of the article.
3) What is the main contribution of this article to our understanding of the politics/history/culture of this region?
To answer this question, explain how the theme or content of the article coincides with or complements the material learned in class lectures and discussions. In other words, what does it suggest regarding the nature of politics, and/or history/culture and its complexities, and what does it tell us regarding the future trends or patterns of behavior of political actors in this region. One or two paragraphs should be sufficient
Where does the law come from?What is the basis of its authority and how does Kafka suggest ways to subvert that authority?
In The Trial, where does the law come from?What is the basis of its authority and how does Kafka suggest ways to subvert that authority? Is there any “there there” to the law or is it all smoke and mirrors (and even if the latter, is it still powerful nonetheless and how so?)
Use the pdf book provided to help answer the above questions. Use quotes in this style “( Kafka 62)” , when using a quote to support your answers.
What have been the strengths and weaknesses of how the United States reacts to revolution?
Do you have any recommendations for an improved policy? What are the prospects for their being implemented?
Domestic Intelligence Collection and Analysis
Develop a research paper to address domestic intelligence collection and analysis of your selected terrorist group from your Red Cell Midterm Assignment. Building on the information that you started in your midterm, prepare a new research paper that addresses which intelligence collection disciplines and agencies are essential to effectively collect on and analyze information about the red cell threat you chose in 5-7 full pages of content (not counting title, abstract, or reference pages).
2. Domestic Intelligence Collection and Analysis:
Specify the most effective intelligence collection and analysis methods against the terrorist organization likely to conduct an attack within the United States that you selected by clearing answering all three of the following:
What domestic intelligence collection efforts would be best utilized on the organization you selected? (Intelligence Collection disciplines discussed in week 5) Do not focus on overseas intelligence collection programs; this is an HLSS course and we focus ONLY on collection within the U.S. homeland.
Which members of the IC would be the best collectors of intelligence on this particular organization within the country? (the intelligence and law enforcement agencies of the intelligence community we discussed in week 2) You may address agencies that collect overseas and within the homeland as the terrorism nexus overlaps both domains. You may also consider some of the field agencies of DHS (since DHS I&A is just an office and does not collect) as some of the operating components do collect like ICE, CBP, USCG, and the Secret Service (who does focus on terrorism financing). Again, this is a Homeland Security course, so focus on the agencies that can support the homeland (like the FBI), NOT primarily overseas intelligence collection of foreign targets. Clearly focus your paper only on domestic intelligence and law enforcement and remember the CIA does not collect intelligence on Americans domestically, they are a foreign intelligence agency (as are ALL of the military intelligence branches). See the readings from week 5 as well as this link to Executive Order 12333 (2008) However, the NSA is very different as they can and do collect both foreign and domestic communications (when authorized by a court [like FISA] or under certain conditions by the Attorney General to support the FBI). See
What intelligence analysis strategies would be the most effective and why? (choose only from the analytical strategies discussed in the week 6 lesson and specifically the reading A tradecraft primer: Structured analytic techniques for improving intelligence analysis or found at this link Remember that critical thinking (brainstorming) and situational logic DO NOT in themselves constitute an analytical approach — be specific and pick at least two specific strategies you think will help analyze what can be collected on a clandestine terrorist group attempting to attack the U.S. homeland.
Note: Only focus here in this progress paper on intelligence collection disciplines, the most appropriate IC agencies to play a role, and the most effective analytical techniques to employ in this scenario. As a paper for this HLSS course, these questions are to be answered as it relates to collecting and analyzing intelligence on the terrorist group plans and activities within the U.S. as they prepare to attack. Do not address how to stop this attack, that will be the topic of your recommendations in your final paper due in week 7. That final paper will address what law enforcement and security officials here in the homeland can do to detect, identify, and warn on and potentially stop the hypothetical attack. You should readdress your hypothetical attack from your midterm using only a paragraph or two
What are the book’s strengths and weaknesses?What are possible counterarguments or objections to the author’s primary argument?
Is Conservatism Really Dead?
On the book “The Death of Conservatism” by Sam Tanenhaus. The book reviews are an opportunity to both demonstrate knowledge and make an original argument. Students will show their ability to quickly and accurately summarize a book and make an argument of their own. Examine a book that criticizes the conservative movement, from either the left or the right. These are books that attack the basic philosophical premises of the conservative movement, rather than focusing on specific policy issues or personalities within the Republican Party. In these reviews, students will summarize and critique the major arguments of the book. As they read, students should consider the following questions, though all of these questions do not need to be addressed in their papers: what are the book’s strengths and weaknesses? What are possible counterarguments or objections to the author’s primary argument? Are there any obvious contradictions in the author’s argument? Are the arguments made in the book still relevant? How might the claims made in the book be relevant to current debates?
The best papers will provide a clear thesis, presented early in the paper, which is subsequently advanced in the following paragraph. Papers should be between six and nine pages, including a works cited page.
MAKE A CRITIQUE OF YOUR OWN. Don’t care if your critique comes from the left or the right. My professor is right wing so preferably critique the left, in defense of the right. Most important part of essay is to make original argument.
Works cited page at bottom.
What are the key Constitutional concerns raised by Government actions during past pandemics?What were the legal outcomes related to those Constitutional issues?
Dr. Anthony Champagne Discusses Covid and the Constitution (video)
Be sure to follow each of the formatting guidelines:
1)The minimum research criteria is one reputable source (article from an expert). You should use a peer-reviewed academic journal article for the best quality information from the experts on a given topic. Other examples of reputable sources include policy briefs by policy think tanks, position papers presented at academic conferences, and/or other high-quality sources from reputable sources (people with a reputation on the topic/issue). The course textbook, reference materials,
Wikipedia, internet search engines, blogs and similar items are examples of unacceptable sources on the collegiate level.
2)The minimum writing requirement for the original post is 500 of your own words, excluding any cited information. Your responses are to be in essay/paragraph format, meaning the answers logically flow into a comprehensive analysis. Be sure to fully address each prompt and cite supporting evidence.
The link provided above will allow you to stream the video. The total running time is approximately 37 minutes.
Discussion Prompts (answer all of them):
Based on the author’s background information, is this a credible source for a legal analysis? Cite some of the guest’s work as evidence.
What are the key Constitutional concerns raised by Government actions during past pandemics? What were the legal outcomes related to those Constitutional issues? Cite the specific Supreme Court cases and the Justices that wrote the outcome in that case.
What are the Constitutional concerns today and moving forward? What are the legal concerns? How can these concerns be successfully addressed by government actions? Cite a peer-reviewed academic journal article for information related to a formal policy recommendation.
How will this information be useful to you in the near or long-term future? This could be from the perspective of a potential or actual voter, employee, employer, parent, student, etc. Be sure to clearly establish the perspective and how the information can lead to meaningful action. No sources are necessary for this final prompt, just remember not to use first-person tone in your work.