Relationship with the Federal Government

Program-Level Objectives met with this assignment:

  • Social Responsibility
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Course-Level Objectives met with this assignment:

  • Describe state and local political systems and their relationship with the federal government.
  • Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice in Texas.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Texas government.
  • Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in Texas.
  • Analyze the state and local election process.
  • Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
  • Analyze issues, policies and political culture of Texas.

SLO #2: The 2018 Election Cycle in Texas. 70% of students will research the current elected officials in the various state offices. Once knowledgeable, they will analyze and evaluation the platforms used during the last election cycle. [SLO #2 fulfills the following Program Level Outcomes: Communication, Critical Thinking, Social and Personal Responsibility, as well as the following Course Level Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.]

Activity for Assessment:

  • Your Grade will be based on having the paper in the correct format
  • and, on the required length of the paper
  • and, on how well you answer Questions 1 thru 7 listed below:

For this assignment, we are going to focus in on the 2018 state elections, coming up very soon. You will need to do several things to complete this paper well: 1.) Take the political quiz to determine which political party you most align with, 2.) Research your home district to see who represents you, through the provided link, 3.) go to the other links provided for information regarding who is running for office and what their party affiliations are and party platforms, 4.) become knowledgeable about the candidates who have the potential of representing you (Governor, Lt. Governor, various state-wide offices, as well as more local candidates), 5.) provide information that would help you, as a voter or bystander, determine who would get your vote. You will do all of this through the following provided links as well as by answering the following questions:

1.) Before you took the quiz, which party did you think you most identified with? Did the quiz results align with that perception? If no, why do you think that is?

2.) Who represents you? (I do not need, nor want your home address in the paper) Prior to researching this, were you aware of any of the politicians who represented you in any of the offices? Which ones and why?

3.) What are some of the biggest policy issues that are facing these elected officials?

4.) After researching the platform these officials used to get elected, what stands out to you as particularly good policies/platforms? Are there any policies/platforms that could make you inclined to vote for or against a candidate in the future? Explain.

5.) Did you follow any of the campaign commercials during the election cycle and/or social media for these officials? If so, what are your thoughts? Will you now start following your representatives on social media to keep up with them?

6.) What are the requirements to vote in Texas? When is the election? Are you eligible to vote and/or have you registered to vote if you are eligible? Why or why not?

7.) Overall, what did you learn from this assignment? If you are eligible to vote, will you vote in this upcoming election? Why or why not? (I am not asking who you will likely vote for. This can be a highly personal thing.)

This assignment must follow MLA guidelines, be typed in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and be a minimum of 1000 words with a works cited page. The works cited are not included in the minimum word count. Any articles/web links given in the assignment prompt MUST be cited in your paper and works cited. Any additional research must be cited as well.

Active Goals
Actions ID Goal Goal Set Name Category
Remove Alignment Student Visibility: Off (default) THECB CORE Critical Thinking Critical Thinking Skills – to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information CORE Critical Thinking
Remove Alignment Student Visibility: Off (default) THECB CORE Written Communication Communication Skills – to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication CORE Communication
Remove Alignment Student Visibility: Off (default) THECB CORE Social Responsibility Social Responsibility – intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities CORE Social Responsibility
Remove Alignment Student Visibility: Off (default) THECB CORE Personal Responsibility Personal Responsibility – ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making CORE Personal Responsibility

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