Nevada State College People in Politics Questions Discussion –

Nevada State College People in Politics Questions Discussion –

Humanities –

         It’s time to bring the session to a close with our discussion for the final review.  This week has a different format; answer one of the lettered questions, and ask me to answer one of the other questions for you.  I’d also suggest getting this week’s answers and questions in as early as you can, since that will allow to be devoted to the final itself more time.

  1. The American System

A) Why is government necessary—what are the arguments made by political theorists like Thomas Hobbes and John Locke about its absolute necessity?

B) What are the basic forms of government and the advantages and disadvantages of each?

C) How did the framers of the Constitution view democracy, and what kind of government did they set up?

D) What are the key features of modern representative democracies?

E) What has always been one of the most basic points of contention in American politics?

    2.  Civil Rights and Liberties

A) Why was the passage of the 14th Amendment a turning point in the history of civil rights in the United States?

B) What are the limits that have been placed upon freedom of speech in the United States?

C) Why is the right to privacy such a contentious issue in contemporary politics, and what is generally assumed to be the Constitution’s position on it?

D) What are the rights of the accused in the American legal system?

E) How has the status of the death penalty in the American legal system changed in recent years, and what are the arguments for and against its application?

  1. People and Politics

A) What are the most significant factors in the process of political socialization?

B) How—in what ways—does the media influence the evolution of public opinion, and what other significant factors play a role?

C) Why do interest groups play such an important role in American politics?

D) How do interest groups influence politics—what are their strategies?

E) What are the most important components of a modern American political party?

  1. Political Institutions

A) What are the most important powers of Congress? How does the Constitution differentiate the upper house (the Senate) from the lower (the House of Representatives)?

B) Why is incumbency such an advantage when seeking election to Congress?

C) How have the role and powers of the presidency evolved since the beginning of the 20th century?

D) What is the process of judicial review, and what does the Constitution have to say about it?

E) What are the ways in which the American political system goes about ensuring that there is bureaucratic accountability?

  1. Public Policy

A) What are the most important types of domestic policy?

B) How have Americans traditionally viewed the question of economic equality, and how has this affected the political debate over public assistance programs such as food stamps and Medicaid?

C) Why was the Environmental Protection Agency established in 1970, and how does it operate—what are its methods and tools for protecting the nation’s environment?

D) What is the conflict between idealism and realism in American diplomacy, and how has this shaped the conduct of US foreign policy?

E) How does the state government of Nevada differ most significantly from the federal government, and what was the reasoning behind this decision?