Texas Policy Report
Introduction This activity is an opportunity for you to closely examine a contemporary policy issue facing the state of Texas. Over its history, the Texas government has had many conflicts with the national government as part of the dynamics under a federal system of governance. These disputes have heated up in recent years, and include immigration policy, education policy, environmental policy, social welfare policy and many others issues. Select one of personal interest and objectively outline the nature of the dispute. This will allow you to work towards finding a solution. Take into consideration constitutional disputes as well as political, economic and cultural differences. Look at the history underlying the dispute, how it is playing out within the governing institutions, and how you think the issue may be resolved, assuming that is possible. Completing this activity is a mandatory component of this course. It serves as the standard course assessment for all GOVT 2306 students. Failure to submit this project in its entirety will result in a failing grade for the course.
There are three steps to completing this project. Step 1: Identify the issue and how both the US government and Texas government have been currently addressing it (historical perspective). Step 2: Gather a minimum of three scholarly research articles and additional news/current events relevant to the topic. Step 3: Prepare a formal policy report that is a minimum of 1000 words (excluding cited text), which includes a discussion of the following: • A statement of the current policy • Reasons for initiating changes • Policy options to be considered • Pros and cons of each option • Recommended course of action • Reasoning for selecting that course of action The grading standards used to assess the quality of your work for this policy paper will be detailed in a grading rubric, which will be provided during the semester. i wasn’t sure how many pages 1,000 words came out to be…but IT DOES NEED TO BE 1000 WORDS PLEASE. thank you this next portion is to be a completely separate paper from the first part of the assignment– List of Approved Films: · Lions for Lambs (R): Three parallel storylines unfold to share a common bond and a powerful message. One story tells the journey of two soldiers in Afghanistan, another takes place in the office of a professor at a California University, and the third is a dialogue between a reporter and a Congressman. United Artists, 2007. · The Siege (R): A hypothetical plot examines how various government entities would respond to a series of terrorist attack in New York City and how they would deal with complex Constitutional issues in the effort to fight terrorism. 20th Century Fox, 1998. · V for Vendetta (R): A shadowy figure known only as “V” uses violent tactics to fight against a totalitarian government in a futuristic England. Warner Home Video, 2005. · All the President’s Men (PG): The story of the infamous media driven investigation of the break-in at the Watergate Hotel, which would eventually lead to the resignation of an American President. Warner Brothers, 1976. · Wag the Dog (R): Media spin doctors demonstrate how influential they have become in this satirical look at modern politics. New Line Cinema, 1997. · The Insider (R): A research chemist turns whistle blower to expose a corporate giant. This true story shows the price one man paid for telling the truth. Blue Lion Entertainment, 1999. · The Distinguished Gentleman (R): A con man uses the likeness of his name to get elected to the US Congress. Once in public office, he must decide between his own interests and those of his constituents. Hollywood Pictures, 1992. · Bulworth (R): A Congressman has a nervous breakdown and decides to tell the public the truth about American politics by adopting hip-hop culture and spreading his message through rhyming/rap. Twentieth Century Fox, 1998. · Primary Colors (R): The story of Jack Stanton, a governor running for President and deal with a sex scandal along the way. Universal, 1998. · Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (NR): Classic Jimmy Stewart movie shows a naive businessman who takes a courageous stand as a Senator. Columbia, 1939. · Recount (R): A chronicle of the weeks after the controversial 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida questioning the integrity of the electoral process in the United States. HBO Films, 2008. Guidelines for the Film Report: Page 1 – The Cover page 1. Follow all of the general formatting guidelines for this course. Place the title of the project, your name, course and section number, instructor’s name, current semester and word count on the cover page. 2. Use the full MLA or APA citation for the film as the title of your report. Once you do this, it will not be necessary to cite the film on your works cited page. See this link for the specific set of rules (using MLA) and an example of what to do when citing films: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/mla.html Page 2 – Starting on a new page, under the heading “Annotation” address item # 3 (using one full page only): 3. Provide a high quality annotation of the film using the following criteria: a. The annotation must be in your own words, using the language of a political science student. Do not submit something like the film abstract found online or on the back of the DVD (a summary). The purpose of the annotation is to demonstrate your ability to identify the political ideas being conveyed in the plot of the film. In other words, what are the political points being made and how did they evolve during the plot of the film? b. Someone reading your annotation should get a general feel about the political issues being engaged in the film without having to see it. Writing a good annotation is challenging, this is very different from a “book report” or summary type activity. You may want to review the film more than once before you begin writing. You are to use your own judgments, no one is permitted to use outside sources for this aspect of the project. c. Do not express your feelings, reactions or personal views in the summary. That is the purpose of the opinion page, a separate requirement within this project. Be sure to keep your opinions separate from your report (stay objective). d. The annotation for each film report must be 1 full page in length. If too short, it doesn’t provide enough information; if too long, you are probably trying to put in all the facts or details, which is not the purpose of annotating. Pages 3 and beyond – Starting on a new page, under the heading ” Analysis” address items # 4-8 (using a minimum of two full pages in your own words and a maximum of 4 pages for this section): 4. Clearly identify how the film engages four (4) different course topics covered this semester. You are expected to make four (4) specific references using different scenes from the selected film. 5. Indicate whether the film provided sufficient evidence or facts to support the main idea(s). There is always a little truth in fiction. Give specific examples to support your answers. You will need to cite historical or current events to address this prompt. List all outside sources on a works cited page. 6. Explain whether or not the content was biased or objective (films use bias and objectivity intentionally to convey ideas). Provide at least 2 specific examples from the film to support your analysis. 7. Provide the writer’s / director’s / author’s qualifications on the subject matter. Who you investigate depends on the source of the film. If it is based on a book, you would research the author. If you find the qualifications are in another subject area, be sure to mention what you found and where you found it. List your sources on a works cited page. 8. Identify at least 2 things you learned from the film about the world of politics that were not specifically addressed in the formal course readings, lectures or videos. Starting on a new page, under the heading “Opinion” address item # 9: 9. The purpose of the opinion section is to express your affective thoughts separate from your objective thoughts. In other words, simply state your personal opinion of the film. Think of your audience, try to rate it in terms that would appeal to your fellow students. Would they find it useful or interesting? This is where you get to play the role of a film critic. The opinion section should be no more than one paragraph on a separate page. Finally – Proof and Edit 10. Proofread to ensure the final product is grammatically correct and logically structured. It is your responsibility to find someone (friend, fellow student, English teacher, English tutor, relative, neighbor, etc.) to go over your rough draft and make corrections before your final copy is submitted. I do not expect perfection, but I do expect college level performance. Thus, your writing should demonstrate what you have learned in class through your written analysis. Suggestion: sometimes it’s a good idea to read your draft copy out loud to yourself to hear if it makes sense.