Comparative Politics

TOPIC: Are we in the best, the worst of times or a combination of both?  Use information provided throughout this course to support your argument and be sure to follow the rubric below.

The Final Paper will be a 10-12 page paper (not including cover page and references), written in APA format, Times New Roman, size 12, with 1 inch margins. Students, after completing all readings and assignments for the course leading up to the Final Paper will have a multitude of resources, facts, examples and references to support and defend whether or not they believe that were are:1) Currently in the Best of Political Times, 2) In the Worst of Political Times or 3) A combination of both.

****Please use Powerpointes attached to use as a guide of what was taught during this course. Please answer the criteria in the rubric below labeled dimensions 1-5.****

Exemplary papers will follow address the major aspect of the assignment’s Grading Rubric (below) and will not deviate from their original claim/thesis. While political views differ greatly from person to person, papers will be scored against the grading rubric without bias and students are encouraged to be open, honest with the understanding that all claims must be supported by evidence they have gathered and cited in their paper.

Please note that the Final Paper is the Critical Assignment for this course and must be passed at an acceptable rate in order to pass the course.

Grading Rubric:

  Levels of Achievement
Criteria Exemplary Accomplished Developing Beginning
Dimension 1: Student clearly identifies a position and supports their claim through a knowledge of political systems, ideologies and constitutions. CSO – 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 PSO – 1.1-1.8, 5.1, 5.2, 8.1, 8.2

Weight 25.00%

100.00 %

Paper includes all of the following with no errors:

1) Identify and explain different agents of political socialization

2) Differentiate between states, nations, nation-states or multi-national states (where applicable)

3) Apply differing ideologies (from Case Studies) to support their claim.

80.00 %

Paper includes all of the following with minor errors:

1) Identify and explain different agents of political socialization

2) Differentiate between states, nations, nation-states or multi-national states (where applicable)

3) Apply differing ideologies (from Case Studies) to support their claim.

60.00 %

Paper includes two of the following and/or all three with a major error:

1) Identify and explain different agents of political socialization

2) Differentiate between states, nations, nation-states or multi-national states (where applicable)

3) Apply differing ideologies (from Case Studies) to support their claim.

50.00 %

Paper does not include two or more of the following or makes several errors in the following areas:

1) Identification and explanation of different agents of political socialization

2) Differentiation between states, nations, nation-states or multi-national states (where applicable)

3) Application of differing ideologies (from Case Studies) to support their claim.

Dimension 2: Support through the use of political actors CSO – 2.1, 2.2 PSO – 1.1-1.8, 7.1-7.3

Weight 25.00%

100.00 %

Paper includes all of the following with no errors:

1) Identifies the different sources of political knowledge

2) Assesses differing sources of political knowledge

3) Analyzes political parties, interest groups, social movements and/or public opinion

80.00 %

Paper includes all of the following with minor errors:

1) Identifies the different sources of political knowledge

2) Assesses differing sources of political knowledge

3) Analyzes political parties, interest groups, social movements and/or public opinion

60.00 %

Paper includes two of the following and/or all three with a major error:

1) Identifies the different sources of political knowledge

2) Assesses differing sources of political knowledge

3) Analyzes political parties, interest groups, social movements and/or public opinion

50.00 %

Paper does not include two or more of the following or makes several errors in the following areas:

1) Identification the different sources of political knowledge

2) Assessment of differing sources of political knowledge

3) Analysis political parties, interest groups, social movements and/or public opinion

Dimension 3: Political Process & Violent Behavior CSO – 3.1, 3.2 PSO – 6.1, 6.2, 6.3

Weight 15.00%

100.00 %

Paper includes all of the following with no errors:

1) Explanation of differing components of the political system selected

2) Identification of political violence

80.00 %

Paper includes all of the following with minor errors:

1) Explanation of differing components of the political system selected

2) Identification of political violence

60.00 %

Paper includes one of the following with minor errors, or both with a major error: 1) Explanation of differing components of the political system selected

2) Identification of political violence

50.00 %

Paper either does not address the follow or makes several major errors in the:

1) Explanation of differing components of the political system selected

2) Identification of political violence

Dimension 4:Differences between political institutions CSO – 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 PSO – 1.1-1.8, 5.1-5.8

Weight 25.00%

100.00 %

Paper includes all of the following with no errors:

1) Identifies the core principles of either conservatism or liberalism 2) The functions of the political party system

3) Identifies types or tactics of interest groups

80.00 %

Paper includes all of the following with minor errors:

1) Identifies the core principles of either conservatism or liberalism 2) The functions of the political party system

3) Identifies types or tactics of interest groups

60.00 %

Paper includes two of the following with minor errors, or all three with a major error: 1) Identifies the core principles of either conservatism or liberalism

2) The functions of the political party system

3) Identifies types or tactics of interest groups

50.00 %

Paper either does not address the follow or makes several major errors in the:

1) Identifies the core principles of either conservatism or liberalism

2) The functions of the political party system

3) Identifies types or tactics of interest groups

Dimension 5: Style/Grammar/ Presentation CSO – PSO -1.1-1.8

Weight 10.00%

100.00 %

Mature, scholarly and polished, and has a clear academic voice, including APA standards. Paper is well organized, visually pleasing, effective, professional, and ready to be presented.

80.00 %

Clear, competent and has some sense of academic voice, with APA standards, though it may not be free from the occasional flaw.

60.00 %

Competent, though not without flaws, and has a developing sense of academic voice, including APA standards.

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