There will be 14 discussion topics, with 1-2 topics to participate in each week. Discussion activities will be graded based on student participation. To receive full credit, you will need to provide an initial response to the prompts given for each assignment and then reply to the responses of at least two other students. Participation should reflect understanding of the concepts discussed in the assigned readings. Very brief one-sentence responses such as, "Good point, I agree." will not be accepted. Your comments should contribute an idea or make a relevant point of their own. Citations formatted correctly in APA style are required. Do not submit your responses as attachments.
Discussion topics will become available at 12:01 am CT Monday and all work must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. You must post your original response to the prompt by 11:59 pm CT Friday, and then respond to at least two other students by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. A grading rubric will be provided. Each Discussion assignment is worth 10 points.
You will complete three written assignments that must be submitted via the dropbox. Assignments 1 and 2 will be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of the respective weeks they are due (Weeks 2 and 4). Assignment 3 will be due at 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 8. Full sentences, paragraphs (as appropriate), and proper grammar are expected and will be considered in the grading of all assignments.
Assignment 1 will be a brief paper that answers specific questions regarding state government representation, controversial state issues, and legislation. Assignment guidelines and specific prompts will be provided in the Content area.
Assignment 2 is intended to be a starting point for your final Policy Analysis Paper. You will choose a piece of legislation, research and answer specific questions about the legislation, including but not limited to the name and number of the bill, the sponsor, last action taken, support, and opposition. Full assignment guidelines and prompts will be provided in the Content area.
Assignment 3 will require you to write a letter to an elected official to support or oppose legislation, bring attention to a social condition you feel should be addressed, or respond with a letter to the editor regarding a newspaper article. Assignment requirements and guidelines will be provided in the Content area.
Grading rubrics will be provided. Each Assignment is worth 50 points.
There will be a Quiz each week covering the assigned chapters for that week. Quizzes will open at 12:01 am CT Monday and will close at 11:59 pm CT Sunday* of their respective weeks.
Quizzes for Weeks 1-6 will consist of 15 true/false or multiple-choice questions. Each question is worth 1 point. Quizzes for Weeks 7 and 8 will consist of 10 true/false or multiple-choice questions.
Quizzes are open-book and students will have 60 minutes and only one attempt to complete.
*The Quiz in Week 8 will be due Saturday.
Policy Analysis Paper
You will devise a policy analysis paper that identifies proposed or current legislation (State or Federal) you would like to explore. The paper is comprehensive and acts as a cumulative knowledge assessment for the course. You will choose a topic/question and proposed legislation in Week 4 (Assignment 2).
The paper should be 8-10 pages in length, double-spaced, and formatted in APA style. The paper must include clearly identified sections, and include a title page, abstract, and reference page that includes a minimum of 6 references. See the APA Manual for formatting requirements.
An outline of areas/questions to be answered, as well as further formatting guidelines and resources will be provided in the Content area. A rubric will be provided for grading expectations. The paper will be worth 100 points. It is due at 11:59 pm CT Thursday of Week 7.