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GOVT 2305 0200
Policy and Party Paper
2022 – May Mini-mester
Policy and Party Paper
May 30 by
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May 16 at 8am – May 30 at 11:59pm
purpose of this assignment is to choose one national policy issue that
is interesting to you and learn more about how the political parties
stand of the issue. For this assignment, you will need to provide the
following: (You will need to complete all of the steps in order to have
the potential to earn the maximum points possible.)
Define how this issue selected affects the nation . Explain the current status of the issue at the federal level.
You must use a minimum of four (4) scholarly and
varied sources to define the policy issue selected; to explain how the
issue affects the nation; and the current regulatory status of the
issue. You must use a minimum of one primary source for this section. An
example would be a federal law or US Supreme Court decision. (You can
find summaries of US Supreme Court cases at Oyez.orgLinks to an external site..)
Scholarly Sources include your textbook– which is a great place to begin; law journals; official government websites.
Examples of topics: Gun Regulation; Legalization
of Marijuana/Drugs; Environmental Regulation; National Debt;
Immigration Policy: DACA; Refugee & Asylum Policy; Death Penalty;
Research and summarize the position of the two
major parties, Democratic and Republican, along with one, third party of
your choice. You must use the most recently adopted National party
Do not copy and paste any information from the
platform. No quotes are allowed in this paper. The purpose is for you
to review the issue and explain in your words how the party stands on
the issue. Again, you must use the official National Party Platform of
each party. (Remember, even if you are not directly quoting a source you
will need to cite the source you are interpreting to avoid plagiarism.)
Once you have completed the research, you will
explain what you believe the proper role of government is regarding the
policy issue selected.
You must clearly cite to all sources within the
paper and include a works cited page. You are free to use APA, MLA, CHA,
etc. Simply choose a method and stay consistent. You will use a
minimum of seven sources for this assignment. (To help you with
citations, I use Purdue’s OWL.Links to an external site. I constantly use Purdue’s OWL to remind me of the steps in citation when writing a paper.)
The final paper should be approximately 1400
words (About 6 pages double-spaced.) and must be submitted to Canvas
(which is automatically set up as a Turnitin (plagiarism drop box) on or
before the due date. Plagiarism will result in a 0 and a personal
meeting with the instructor.
Official Party Platforms:
2020 National Democratic Party PlatformLinks to an external site.
Housed at: https://democrats.org/
2016 Republican Party PlatformLinks to an external site.
Housed at: https://gop.com/
Choose 1 of the Third Party Platforms:
2018 Libertarian Party Platform
2020 Green Party Platform
Grading Rubric: Feel free to review the rubric posted in Canvas.
Intro to the Issue: 30 pts
Party Platform Summary: 50 pts
Closing Analysis: 10 pts
Grammar, Citing & Paper Format: 10 pts
Finally, make sure you have a cover page and your works cited page. Those two pages are not counted as part of your page total.
Let me know if you have any questions.